SUMMERTIME (1955)

Dir. David Lean

Venice plays matchmaker in this timeless love story starring Katharine Hepburn as a middle-aged secretary taking her first stab at romance. As filmed by David Lean and cinematographer Jack Hildyard, the city is a better seducer than even leading man Rossano Brazzi. Arthur Laurents had based his hit play The Time of the Cuckoo on his own emotional response to visiting Venice for the first time. When Lean signed on for the film version, he demanded that it be shot on location, an unusual move for the 1950s and the start of his penchant for location shooting. He so captured the magic of Venice that he fell in love with the city himself, making it his second home. SUMMERTIME was a breakthrough in the censorship wars as well. It was one of the first films to depict extra-marital affairs whose participants did not have to pay for their indiscretions. For Hepburn's Jane Hudson, succumbing to Brazzi's advances was painted as a triumph, which has contributed to the film's popularity through the years and helped make Venice a prime destination for lovers.

In attendance: Matt Tyrnauer.

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