Thursday, May 09, 2013

Summertime in Italia

I meant to do a post on this last night but time, time got away - the latest episode of The Film Experience's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series was devoted to David Lean's "Katherine Hepburn takes Venice" film Summertime, head on over and see what everybody picked. I considered rewatching the film, I just saw it last year for the first time, but it wasn't really necessary, I knew what my favorite shot was, I'd posted it here when I saw the film. It's this:

I watched the movie specifically because I was longing for travel and from what I'd heard about it, it sounded like this would remind me of the good times I'd had when I went to Italy the year before - did it ever, and nowhere more than in this shot, which floods me with memory sensation. Venice wasn't my favorite city in Italy out of the ones I visited, but the moment captured above recalls my favorite moment there, standing on the Rialto Bridge as the sun set...

Venice was too crowded and too dirty for me (says the guy who lives in New York City) but now and then, from the right angle, all of that would melt away and the light would hit the city just right, and it was suddenly just you and the person you love, relaxed and intertwined, amid perfect, perfect beauty. That's what that shot gets for me, and I'm grateful for it.

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