In our category of films set in Italy, today we bring you the 1955 American-British film, Summertime. In it, Katharine Hepburn stars as Jane Hudson, a single school secretary from Ohio. She has a lifelong dream of spending a summer in Venice and finally manages to get there after saving from her meagre earnings for a number of years.
The evening of her arrival, Jane decides to take a stroll to the Piazza San Marco, and becomes slightly depressed and ‘down’ witnessing so many couples walking through one of the most romantic cities in the world.
She realises that she is alone with her thoughts until she notices a handsome Italian man gazing at her. As soon as she catches his eye, he walks away and she is again alone. When she goes shopping the following day, she notices a red glass goblet in a shop window and, going in to take a closer look, realises that the owner, Renato De Rossi, is the very same man who was staring at her the evening before. Hoping to see her again, Renato offers to try to find her a matching goblet.
She goes back to his store the following day and is disappointed when he is not there. However, he comes to see her that evening, and she agrees to have dinner with him.
Following the usual ups and downs and misunderstandings, Jane discovers that Renato is actually married with several children. Renato ends up admitting to being married but states that they are separated and the marriage is unhappy. Jane sadly feels that the relationship has nowhere to go, and so decides to return home and leaves for the station, hoping that Renato will nonetheless turn up before she leaves. The film ends as he tries to hand her a package through the train window, but because it is moving too quickly, he does not get the opportunity. Was that the goblet he promised?
If you like old films and are a Katharine Hepburn fan, we are sure you will enjoy Summertime. Moreover, the film really shows Venice in the true natural beauty of the time.