Summertime [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1955]

A lonely spinster discovers the seemingly perfect romance she has longed for is marked by a cruel secret in this romantically bittersweet addition to The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan only and accompanied by an English Dolby Digital Mono audio track, aside from the inclusion of a theatrical trailer this release is curiously lacking in the usual abundant extra features that have made The Criterion Collection one of the most respected DVD-releasing companies among film enthusiasts. Extra features are limited to a theatrical trailer.
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Katharine Hepburn stars as Jane Hudson, an Ohio secretary on the verge of spinsterhood. Carefully saving her money, Jane takes an extended trip to Venice, half hoping to find the romance that has always eluded her. Luck of luck, she meets handsome Renato Di Rossi (Rossano Brazzi), who sweeps her off her feet. Jane's flight on Cloud Nine comes to a flaming crash when she learns that Renato is married and the father of a large family. Picking herself up and dusting herself off, Jane is determined to keep her romance alive, and hang the consequences. She ultimately does what's best for everyone, and heads back to Ohio, wistfully clutching to the memory of the happiest summer of life. Gorgeously color-photographed on location by Jack Hildyard, Summertime was an adaptation of (and vast improvement upon) Arthur Laurents' play The Time of the Cuckoo. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine Hepburn - Jane Hudson
  • Rossano Brazzi
    Rossano Brazzi - Renato Di Rossi
  • Isa Miranda
    Isa Miranda - Signora Fiorini
  • Darren McGavin
    Darren McGavin - Eddie Yaeger
  • Mari Aldon
    Mari Aldon - Phyl Jaeger

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