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A 1955 romantic drama film adapted from Arthur Laurents' play The Time of the Cuckoo, directed by David Lean and starring Katharine Hepburn.

Jane Hudson (Hepburn) is a middle-aged school secretary from Ohio who fulfills a lifelong dream by spending a summer vacation in Venice. Jane befriends some other Americans there and enters into a romance with antiques dealer Renato de Rossi (Rossano Brazzi).

David Lean named this as his personal favorite of the films he made. The story was later adapted into the 1965 musical Do I Hear a Waltz? by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim.


Tropes present in this film include:

  • Market-Based Title: It was released in the UK as Summer Madness.
  • Old Maid: Jane
  • Scenery Porn: The Venetian locations are showcased to beautiful advantage.
  • Street Urchin: Mauro, who befriends Jane and shows her the ins and outs of the city.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Jane discovers that Renato is married with several children, though he tells her he and his wife are separated.
    • Eddie, a married American painter, has an affair with the widowed owner of the boarding house they're all staying at.


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