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The Rose Tattoo -- When Tennessee Williams wrote The Rose Tattoo, he had one actress in mind-Anna Magnani. William's sense of casting proved as sharp as his ear for dialogue. Magnani won the Best Actress Oscar. for her bravura portrayal in this drama that received eight Academy Award. nominations (including Best Picture) and won three.

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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)
Hal Kanter (adaptation)
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Release Date:
1956 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lusty...Rousing...Startling! See more »
Plot:
An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Flawless Diamond Performance in a Gold-Plated Setting See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anna Magnani ... Serafina Delle Rose

Burt Lancaster ... Alvaro Mangiacavallo

Marisa Pavan ... Rosa Delle Rose
Ben Cooper ... Seaman Jack Hunter
Virginia Grey ... Estelle Hohengarten

Jo Van Fleet ... Bessie
Sandro Giglio ... Father De Leo

Mimi Aguglia ... Assunta
Florence Sundstrom ... Flora
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Adkins ... Mario (uncredited)
Don Bachardy ... Passenger in Back Seat of Car (uncredited)

Larry Chance ... Rosario Delle Rose (uncredited)
Lewis Charles ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Roger Gunderson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jean Hart ... Violetta (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Pop Mangiacavallo (uncredited)
Dorrit Kelton ... Schoolteacher (uncredited)
May Lee ... Mamma Shigura - Tattoo Artist (uncredited)
Augusta Merighi ... Giuseppina (uncredited)
Natalie Murray ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Virgil Osborne ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Margherita Pasquero ... Grandma Mangiacavallo (uncredited)
Rosa Rey ... Mariella (uncredited)
Rossana San Marco ... Peppina (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... The Strega (uncredited)
Zolya Talma ... Miss Mangiacavallo (uncredited)
Fred Taylor ... Grocery Cashier (uncredited)
Roland Vildo ... Salvatore (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis ... Man at Mardi Gras Club (uncredited)

Tennessee Williams ... Man at Mardi Gras Club (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Mann 
 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)

Hal Kanter (adaptation)

Tennessee Williams (play "The Rose Tattoo")

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Arthur Krams 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Alex North .... musical director
John Paris .... in German version
Just Scheu .... Lyrics in the german version
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cheryl Crawford .... stage producer: New York
 
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117 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "The Rose Tattoo" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on February 3, 1951, ran for 308 performances and won the 1951 Tony Award for the Best Play.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: When the truck crashes in flames and rolls down the hillside, it is obvious from the beginning of the sequence that there is nobody in the cab.See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Flawless Diamond Performance in a Gold-Plated Setting, 15 May 2005
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Ten out of ten for Anna Magnani's tour-de-force performance in "The Rose Tattoo," but the film itself falls a notch or two below that level. From time to time, a performance comes along that is so brilliant that the work of all other actors in the same year pales in comparison. Ben Kingsley in "Gandhi" and Daniel Day Lewis in "My Left Foot" come to mind, and Anna Magnani as Serafina Delle Rose in "The Rose Tattoo" can be added to that short list. The actress seems to physically transform herself before your eyes from a depressed, self-pitying widow, who has been swallowed by grief over the death of the husband that she worshiped, into a flirtatious, earthy woman, who cannot resist the attention and physical attraction of Alvaro, a truck driver, who is played by Burt Lancaster. Unfortunately, Lancaster, who often overacted when there was not a strong director to control him, lets loose at times in a nearly buffoonish performance as the suitor. Fortunately, nearly half the movie passes before he arrives on screen. Since Lancaster is capable of subtle restrained work such as that in "Atlantic City" and "Field of Dreams," one can only fault director Daniel Mann for not reining in the actor's over-the-top gestures and shameless mugging.

The original Tennessee Williams play has been effectively opened up and only occasionally betrays its stage origins. James Wong Howe's black-and-white cinematography beautifully captures the atmospheric art direction, and two of the film's three Academy Awards deservedly went to the cinematographer and art director. The third, of course, was presented to Anna Magnani. The film has some dry stretches, Marisa Pavan is obviously much older than the 15 that she portrays, and Lancaster is definitely miscast, which was possibly a studio decision for marquee value. However, despite its flaws, "The Rose Tattoo" remains a worthy film for its Tennessee Williams lines and the brilliance of Magnani's performance. Unfortunately, the great Italian actress made far too few films and died much too young, so film lovers should relish this diamond-caliber performance, even if its setting is only gold-plated. .

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