The screenplay is unfortunately quite a bit prosaic. None of the characterization is strong enough for us to really buy into the romance or Hepburn’s self-discovery.
But the footage of Venice in over-saturated Technicolor? Holy moley. I fell in love with the city all over again. Lean captures it with an intoxicating, almost delirious, beauty. *swooning, nostalgic sigh*
Note: This capsule review was originally published elsewhere. If I watch this movie again, I might expand this to a full-length review.