Summertime Overview:

Summertime (1955) was a Romance - Drama Film directed by David Lean and produced by Norman Spencer and Ilya Lopert.

SYNOPSIS

In a touching romantic drama about a lonely, middle-aged American woman, Hepburn experiences the wonder and the pain of romance on holiday in Venice. As Hepburn marvels (along with the audience) at the sights of Venice that surround her, she meets a charming Italian boy who shows her around, including to Brazzi's antiques store. The handsome merchant finds her charming and she relishes the attention. Hepburn eventually acknowledges that, though their interlude may be the most romantic time she will ever experience, she must return to her life. Director Lean (Brief Encounter, 1945) captures wonderful Hepburn moments that express longing, fear, joy, and regret in one bittersweet performance. Based on Arthur Laurent's play, The Time of the Cuckoo.

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Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressKatharine HepburnNominated
Best DirectorDavid LeanNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in "Summertime"

By Stephen Reginald on Apr 12, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in "Summertime" Summertime (1955) romance directed by David Lean and starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi. The film is based on the play The Time of the Cuckoo by Arthur Laurents. Jane Hudson (Hepburn) is a middle-aged secretary from Akron, Ohio, wh... Read full article


Musical Monday: In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

on Dec 7, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Meet Me After the Show? ? M... Read full article


Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy: The 2019 Summer Classic Film Book Challenge

By shadowsandsatin on Sep 14, 2019 From Shadows and Satin

I can scarcely believe that this is my seventh year participating in the Summer Classic Movie Book Challenge, hosted by Raquel over at Out the Past. I?m telling you, time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. (Thank you! I?ll be here all week! Tip o? the hat to Groucho!) But seriously, jus... Read full article


Hot Fun in the Summertime: The 2018 Summer Classic Film Book Challenge

By shadowsandsatin on Sep 16, 2018 From Shadows and Satin

Outdoor concerts. Noir City Chicago. Cold lemonade on the back porch. And the Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge! I am delighted to share that I?ve been participating in this awesome event, the brainchild of Raquel over at Out of the Past, for six straight years now! And I?m here to tell you... Read full article


Summertime (1955)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 17, 2018 From 4 Star Films

It’s summertime and the living is easy. It makes me think of sultry summer days and cool summer nights and George Gershwin. But summertime also means travel. It did for my family when we were growing up as kids and it took us to many places near and far off. That’s what this film gives u... Read full article


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Facts about

Katharine Hepburn's apartment is actually an amalgam of three different locations. The door through which she enters the apartment belongs to the Trattoria Sempione, a restaurant that still exists today. Her bedroom belongs to an apartment two miles away in the suburb of Dursoduro, and the terrace was a purpose-built set in Compo San Vio.
The story was also later adapted as a Broadway musical called "Do I Hear A Waltz" by Arthur Laurents with songs by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. The show opened at the 46th Street Theatre on March 18th, 1965 and ran for 220 performances. Laurents later revised the script and a new production was staged in 2000 at the Pasadena Playhouse in New Jersey. Recordings of both productions are available for purchase on specialist websites.
The number of tourists traveling to Venice doubled after the film's release.
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