The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

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Jose Quintero's The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 has been given a handsome film-to-video transfer for the Warner Home Video DVD release -- the non-anamorphic letterboxed 1.85:1 image is beautiful, the Roman settings and Harry Waxman's cinematography captured in glowing terms, and in exceptionally vivid clarity; there are also enhancements for 16 x 9 presentation. The audio is mastered a bit low in volume, but that's solved easily enough, and the movie is genuinely brought to life anew on this disc. The only ...
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Jose Quintero's The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 has been given a handsome film-to-video transfer for the Warner Home Video DVD release -- the non-anamorphic letterboxed 1.85:1 image is beautiful, the Roman settings and Harry Waxman's cinematography captured in glowing terms, and in exceptionally vivid clarity; there are also enhancements for 16 x 9 presentation. The audio is mastered a bit low in volume, but that's solved easily enough, and the movie is genuinely brought to life anew on this disc. The only bonus features are an original trailer, which is window-boxed, and the documentary "Mrs. Stone: Looking for Love in All the Dark Corners." The latter offers good presentation of the background to the movie, by way of Tennessee Williams' life as presented by biographer Donald Spoto and the relationship between actors Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty presented by Beatty biographer Suzanne Finstad and the roles that they were playing; co-star Jill St. John also makes an appearance in the documentary. The 35 chapters are more than adequate to break down the 104-minute movie. The disc opens to a simple dual-layer menu that is easy to use and offers quick access to the bonus features.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New featurette Mrs. Stone: Looking for Love in All the Dark Corners; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (featuring film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is a hauntingly beautiful, if somewhat predictable, adaptation of the Tennessee Williams novel of the same name. Director Jose Quintero, who made his name as a stage director of Williams and Eugene O'Neill, gives the story a confining, claustrophobic feeling, despite its extensive use of gorgeous Italian outdoor locations. While this is initially effective, it grows a bit wearying and also negates the impact of the film's conclusion; by not sufficiently altering the mood during Mrs. Stone's adventure into love so that the audience can believe that perhaps things could turn out well, her desertion and desolation do not pack the wallop they should. This is not at all the fault of Vivien Leigh, who gives a stunning performance. Her Stone is a beautifully detailed, fully realized character, informed with sadness and melancholy, which makes her eventual embrace of love all the more moving. Leigh's underlying fragility has rarely been put to better use than here. Warren Beatty's performance is not so assured; while his accent is definitely problematic, the larger problem is that he doesn't seem to have fully understood the character. This is not the case with Lotte Lenya, whose Contessa is delicious, a captivating and conniving barracuda. Although it is a bit slow and occasionally smacks of artifice, Mrs. Stone is still a moving and affecting character study.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • UPC: 085393893125
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivien Leigh Karen Stone
Warren Beatty Paolo di Leo
Coral Browne Meg
Jill St. John Barbara Bingham
Lotte Lenya Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Stella Bonheur Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Josephine Brown Lucia
Peter Dyneley L. Greener
Carl Jaffe Baron
Harold Kasket Tailor
Viola Keats Julia
Cleo Laine Singer
Bessie Love Bunny
Elspeth March Mrs. Barrow
Warren Mitchell Giorgio
John Phillips Tom Stone
Paul Stassino Barber
Ernst Thesiger Stefano
Mavis Villiers Mrs. Coogan
Thelma D'Aguilar Mita
Henry McCarty Kennedy
Jeremy Spencer Young man
Technical Credits
Jose Quintero Director
Richard Addinsell Score Composer, Songwriter
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
Bumble Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis de Rochemont Producer
Roger Furse Production Designer
Douglas Gamley Musical Direction/Supervision
Herbert Smith Art Director
John Jarvis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Gavin Lambert Screenwriter
Bob Lawrence Makeup
Jan Read Screenwriter
Paddy Roberts Songwriter
Harry Waxman Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
1. Opening Night [4:24]
2. Tragedy in the Sky [2:07]
3. Credits [2:11]
4. Settled in Rome [2:27]
5. The Contesa and Paolo [6:01]
6. The Contessa and Franco [2:56]
7. Strategy [5:28]
8. Bridle Path Encounter [2:59]
9. Drifters at Dinner [4:30]
10. The Escapist [6:12]
11. Pursuit of a Great Lady [4:08]
12. Sad Eyes [3:19]
13. Wolves and Cheats [2:50]
14. Very Beautiful People [5:14]
15. Desired for Myself [5:48]
16. Ridiculously Loveless [5:19]
17. Merchandise on View [3:55]
18. Negotiations [4:14]
19. Fame and Presents [3:59]
20. Conspicuous [4:53]
21. Suffering From a Disease [4:06]
22. Spectacle of Herself [2:23]
23. Where's Paolo? [4:50]
24. Left Alone [4:18]
25. Invitation [5:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Mrs. Stone: Looking for Love in All the Dark Corners
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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