Feb. 6, 2011
32. Summertime (1955)
Starring Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi
Directed by David Lean
Plot: “A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.”
I feel bad to keep doing reviews of movies I don’t like because I’m afraid I’m going to offend somebody. But the goal is to record every film I watch… So, as you might’ve guessed, I didn’t like this one much. ***SPOILERS AHEAD*** First of all, the idea of a married man having an affair and sending his kid as messenger to ‘the woman’…does that not strike anyone as a little wrong? Plus, call me old fashioned but I just didn’t like the idea of adultery as being so romantic in the first place. The message of the film is basically ‘have fun when you can’, ‘throw morals away; it’s ITALY’ (or something like that). Also, there’s really not much of a plot here: love-starved old maid goes to Venice in search of love, has an affair, they part dramatically. Cue credits. The one factor of the film that I thought was completely adorable was the little boy, played by Gaetano Autiero. He has the cutest little way of saying hilarious American phrases and is just really endearing. He’s the best part of the movie.