Cinema: New Picture, Jun. 27, 1955

Summertime (Lopert; United Artists] brings Bachelor Girl Katharine Hepburn to Venice tremulous with excitement, ready for adventure and eager for love. But this is only one Hepburn, and the buried one at that. On the surface is Hepburn's other, more dominant self: a woman grimly determined—above all else —not to be played for a sucker.

The tragicomedy of Katharine the Shrewd and Kate the Romantic is played out against the overpowering Technicolor backdrop of Venice. At first. Katharine is all businesslike competence: she industriously snaps photos, craftily measures out tips, keeps her basilisk eye fixed warily on the untrustworthy Italians. But then...

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