Rose Tattoo

The Rose Tattoo

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Director: Daniel Mann

Cast: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan

     
 

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Scripted by famed playwright Tennessee Williams, The Rose Tattoo stars Anna Magnani as Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian woman who now lives in the American South. As the film opens, she is still mourning the death of her beloved husband, constantly telling herself stories of their time together. Her fragile emotional existence is shattered when she discovers

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Scripted by famed playwright Tennessee Williams, The Rose Tattoo stars Anna Magnani as Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian woman who now lives in the American South. As the film opens, she is still mourning the death of her beloved husband, constantly telling herself stories of their time together. Her fragile emotional existence is shattered when she discovers that her husband had been carrying on with another woman. Luckily, Serafina also meets truck driver Alvaro Mangiacavallo (Burt Lancaster) around this time, and their tentative romance may help her through this troubling time. Williams wrote the script for Magnani, who was awarded an Oscar for her work in the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Rose Tattoo was never top-drawer Tennessee Williams, and the screenplay has not aged gracefully. But the truth is that Tattoo has always really been little more than a showcase for its leading lady, and the performance that this film showcases has not dimmed an iota over the decades. Anna Magnani's performance is nothing short of ferocious, the kind of powerful, stunning acting that in lesser hands would be called "over the top." Magnani pulls out all of the stops, bursting forth with emotions so large that the screen shouldn't be able to contain them; yet part of her magic is that it does contain them, that the audience becomes engulfed in rather than overwhelmed by her outbursts. Crying out in pain or blazing with anger and hurt or letting out heartfelt laughter, Magnani is a human volcano, a force of nature that must be experienced. She is helped by Williams' ability to create three-dimensional female leads, which helps to overcome the stiffness and predictability of much of the plotting. As the male lead, Burt Lancaster has to contend not only with Magnani but with a role that is much less fully developed than that of Magnani's; unfortunately, he adapts by overplaying, and his performance damages the film, as does Daniel Mann's none too subtle direction. Still, the film's flaws are worth putting up with for Magnani.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2013
UPC:
0883316884492
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
4,755

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Magnani Serafina Delle Rose
Burt Lancaster Alvaro Mangiacavallo
Marisa Pavan Rosa Delle Rose
Ben Cooper Jack Hunter
Jo Van Fleet Bessie
Virginia Grey Estelle Hohengarten
Sandro Giglio Father De Leo
Mimi Aguglia Assunta
Florence Sundstrom Flora
Dorrit Kelton Schoolteacher
Rossana San Marco Peppina
Augusta Merighi Guiseppina
Rosa Rey Mariella
Georgia Simmons The Strega
Zolya Talma Miss Mangiacavallo
Margherita Pasquero Grandma Mangiacavallo
Lewis Charles Taxi Driver
Larry Chance Rosario Delle Rose
Jean Hart Violetta
George Humbert Pop Mangiacavallo

Technical Credits
Daniel Mann Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Low Editor
Richard McWhorter Asst. Director
Alex North Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hal Pereira Art Director
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter

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The Rose Tattoo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bravo zulu to famed playwright Tennessee Williams' script, written for the incomparable actress Anna Magnani; she won an Oscar for her role as the widowed Serafina Delle Rosa. The laughter and player piano music emanting from the film are a joy to the heart! English subtitles are a boon for the hearing-impaired.