Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Travel Plans, a Canaletto and Katharine Hepburn



You can probably tell from the previous post that I am in travel mode at the moment.
I am doing what I do best when it comes to packing for a trip....procrastinating.

I have all the necessary books, have done my google searches
and am in the process of cooking food and writing up notes for the babysitter.


Yesterday I went along to the National Gallery in London and was swept away 
with the beauty of this painting by Canaletto (1697-1768)
a Venetian painter famous for his paintings of Venice.
Venice: The Upper Reaches of the Grand Canal with S. Simeone Piccolo, about 1740


 I started to think of movies that inspire and with Venice 
still on my mind I thought of this classic.

Who remembers?

Summertime 
(1955)
with
Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi



and thinking Canaletto colour,
especially orange and blue...



Oh Katharine!

On that note...I feel as Katharine does, 
I must part and get back to work.


Before I do, if you are in the market 
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Best wishes for a wonderful day!!

17 comments:

  1. Hate to pack too, but LOVE anything Kate!! What class and charm! From what I've observed, I think you are like that too, Jeanne!! -Donna
    PS....have fun packing!

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation Jeanne. I don't think I've seen this movie. I'm going to add it to my Zip.ca list right now.

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  3. Isn't she ABSOLUTELY divine?
    Thanks for sharing,
    xx

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  4. I've never seen the movie but I love anything with Katharine in it!

    Best of luck with your packing. I put it off until the last minute and it never fails that I forget something!

    XO,
    Janie

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  5. Oh, I so love that movie!!
    One of my favourites.
    Sigh.

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  6. That's the movie Katherine Hepburn fell into the water and ever after had the watery eyes.

    At least in a bio I read.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  7. I haven't seen this yet and will put it in my netflix.... but I love the planning of the trip....

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  8. Katharine Hepburn, truly truly wonderful. Will add it to my list of must see's.

    I just loved looking at the clothes and her handbag. Goreous!

    Enjoy your packing.

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  9. I was so laughing during my morning coffee when I saw the first scene and then I felt so sorry for her....what a nice idea, Jeanne!It`s a long time ago since I´ve seen this one.Class and charme...thats all what a good movie needs...have a nice trip!Beate :)

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  10. Thanks all for your comments. I forgot to mention in my earlier version of this post what inspired me to think of Venice. I added the image of a Canaletto painting that we spent a bit of time exploring. I am involved in an art lecture series and this was one of the painting we discussed. I thought it was just mesmerizing.

    Summertime is a classic in the travel movie 'genre'.
    Not everyone knows about it unless you happen to be a Katherine Hepburn fan.

    If you haven't seen it and can get a hold of a copy it is well worth the visit. You may find it at your local library...on that note..I must go.

    Packing still calling me...grrrr

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  11. Great post.....I am such a huge Katherine Hepburn fan. Love the movie clip with Rossano Brazzi, he was SO handsome!!!

    It's been too long since I have been to the National Gallery, I am adding it to my to do list :)

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  12. Have a lovely trip! Putting Summertime on my Netflix list...

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  13. That movie is one of my all time favs!! Thanks for the great post and clips.

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  14. Oh, this post makes me want to go to Venice. As always:-) I think I saw this movie years ago, but had completely forgotten about it. Must see it again.

    Enjoy packing!

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  15. hi jeanne... oh to pack and unpack...ughhh
    i love katherine...and will add these to the list of wonderful movies to see...xx

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  16. Dear Jeanne,
    Ah, Venice(one of my favourite, magical places) and the paintings of Canaletto ( there's a connection there.....Venice.....canals......Canaletto !! hehe)
    Sorry, back to the plot.....Wasn't Katherine great....not only a fantastic actress but she who got us women into trousers.
    Happy packing. XXXX

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  17. I love that painting!! I was never really a fan until I saw them in 'the flesh' and really looked at them. They just blew me away. Quite often now if I'm ever passing, I'll just pop in and go into the Canaletto room for another gawp!

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