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The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.
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.
It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.
It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes.
The dialogue can be stagey and Venice is evoked at a tourist level, but it's beautifully photographed and Hepburn's loneliness and sadness look disquietingly real.
Romantic drama with Hepburn in good form.
David Lean's restrained direction, Katharine Hepburn's nuanced turn as a spinsterish middle-aged secretary, and above all Venice's alluring sights compensate considerably for a plot that's borderline banal and schmaltzy.
Being Lean's favourite of his films this is undoubtedly worthy of attention.
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.
Summertime was shot exclusively in Venice. And for those who have been to Venice, the film is a rare treasure;
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