... you can learn from:
Renato de Rossi: You are like a hungry child who is given ravioli to eat. 'No' you say, 'I want beefsteak!' My dear girl, you are hungry. Eat the ravioli.
If Brief Encounter didn't exist then I'd have to call Summertime my favorite David Lean movie -- still I kind of hate that we immediately associate the name "David Lean" with the wide open vistas of epics and of expensive bridges being blown up when the man made two of the greatest romances ever filmed. Three if you count Doctor Zhivago, although that movie's always left me a little cold (and no that's not a pun on all its icicles).
Venice is absolutely a character in the film, and the way Lean leans (heh) into the way a new place can seep into you and change you in deeply fundamental ways if you allow it to -- this movie thrills me and moves me and makes me want to immediately go somewhere new every time I watch it. It captures something truly ineffable about losing yourself in unfamiliar surroundings and surrendering yourself to that.
Summertime is full of such moments. I have goosebumps writing about it right now -- having just re-watched it for what must be the tenth time now this past weekend thanks to Criterion, who have just today released a stunning new 4K blu-ray of the film, I'm still swooning on this movie's power. I'm drunk on it. Go get drunk yourselves!
Such a magical film. And one of Heburn's greatest performances.
It is a beautiful film and Rossano Brazzi is so very hot in it! Kate is terrific but it's always the visual splendor of the film that immediately comes to mind when I think of it.
My feelings about Lean align with yours more or less, Brief Encounter is his top film for me as well followed by this then his very fun version of Blithe Spirit. I'm also glad to see I'm not alone in finding Dr. Zhivago somewhat aloof despite its visual beauty (including the cast). I wanted to love it so much for Julie Christie but I just could never embrace it.
My favorite Lean is Passage to India. One of my favorite films.
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