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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 25, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1955
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 16


User Ratings: 3,774
Several minor characters are stock types but both principals are completely plausible and Venice is a knockout. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 28, 2019
The script maintains slightly the tone of an impeccably smooth and glossy novelette, romantic rather than sentimental, but scarcely concerned to explore its situation very deeply. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Feb 12, 2018
[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 5/5 -- Romantic drama with Hepburn in good form.
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Dec 23, 2006
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The challenge thus set of making Venice the moving force in propelling the play has been met by Mr. Lean as the director with magnificent feeling and skill. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Recommended, with hesitations. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- Thanks to Hepburn's performance we can feel how this woman's past romantic disappointments have made a passionate affair seem so simultaneously appealing and frightening. Full Review
Jun 22, 2004

Product Description:

Based on Arthur Laurent's play THE TIME OF THE CUCKOO, Lean's beautiful, classic romantic drama tells the tale of an American spinster (Hepburn) on holiday in Venice who has an affair with a handsome, and not altogether honest, merchant (Brazzi). Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Director, Best Actress--Katharine Hepburn.

Plot Synopsis:

Lean's lushly photographed classic about an old maid (Hepburn) who falls in love for the first time while visiting Venice. American tourist Jane Hudson's lack of romantic experience makes her insatiably vulnerable to the lush beauty of Italy, and leaves her wide open to the charms of a handsome Italian man (Brazzi). So intoxicated is Jane by their whirlwind affair that she is reluctant to relinquish her new love, even after discovering that he is married and has a family. A touching performance by Hepburn and stunning Technicolor scenes of Venice make SUMMERTIME an enchanting classic.


Production Notes:

  • Filmed on location in Venice, Italy; color by Eastman Color.
  • Estimated budget of $900,000.
  • Additional distributors: Film Distributors (UK); London Films International (UK)
  • Received the 1955 National Board of Review: Ten Best Films of the Year and the 1955 New York Film Critics Award for Best Director.
  • The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection.

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  • UPC: 037429130728
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