Summertime (1955) ***

David Lean unleashes his magic camera on a fifties Technicolor Venice: the smile takes a few hours to fade, though the scenario would have needed big print to fill the back of an envelope. Technique, and mood, and charm, are all. Katherine Hepburn is to be commended for turning a cypher into a fully rounded character, and for taking a slapstick fall into the canal without stunt assistance. The ultimate travel brochure Venice movie.