Issues of looking and the gaze are complicated in Summertime (Lean, 1955). Here, despite wielding a camera, Katharine Hepburn’s*** character is totally dispossessed of the cinematic agency it might imply.
That’s not all there is to say about it by any means, so I’m headed to a conference in Venice in October to explore the issue further. I’ve wanted to write about this film for 30 years, and now I can.
I also have a mini-grant in Spring 2018 to work on researching and transforming the conference paper into a peer-reviewed article.
Yes. I’m lucky,
*** Hepburn is brilliant in this role. No news to anyone who’s seen the film.