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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:
Serafina Magnifina See more (31 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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Runtime:
117 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
Although Tennessee Williams wrote the role of Serafina in his 1951 Broadway play for Anna Magnani, her English skills were too limited and Maureen Stapleton played the role instead to great acclaim. Stapleton also would originate the role of Lady Torrance in Williams' "Orpheus Descending", a role Magnani also would play on film.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Out of NowhereSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Serafina Magnifina, 1 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It ain't easy to steal the spotlight from Burt Lancaster, but Anna Magnani in her Oscar winning performance managed to do just that. Of course it helps to have the female role be the protagonist here.

In the 1951 season on Broadway, Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo came to Broadway and ran for 306 performances and starred Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach in the Magnani and Lancaster parts. Like all of Tennessee Williams's work it is set in the south, but a different kind of south than we usually see. Surely Serafina Derosse is a lot different than decadent southerners like Blanche Dubois, or Alexandra Del Lago, or Violet Venable. She's from a different world than they, being an immigrant. She brings her culture and its values to the gulf area.

Serafina's husband is killed in a brief prologue in a car crash, he's a truck driver who does a little smuggling on the side. He also does a bit of womanizing on the side as well which comes out at his death. As a result Magnani just withdraws from the world and even tries to turn her daughter, Marisa Pavan, into as a bitter a creature as she is.

Enter Burt Lancaster into her life, who's also a truck driver. His is a pretty expansive role also, but he's just not in the same league as Magnani, few are. Burt was cast in the role because Paramount wanted some box office name as Magnani was not known in this country, though she was Italy's biggest female star.

In a recent biography of Burt Lancaster it said that Lancaster was lucky in this part because he grew up in East Harlem, one of the few WASP types there and had many Italian immigrant friends and their families to draw upon for his character. It's a good performance, Lancaster stops well short of making it a cartoon creation and getting the Italian American Civil Rights group down on him.

Still it's Magnani's picture and she dominates it thoroughly. She did only a few English language films after this, Wild is the Wind and The Secret of Santa Vittoria with Anthony Quinn and The Fugitive Kind with Marlon Brando among them. Brando in fact turned down this film because he was afraid she'd upstage him. Guess he got his courage later on.

The Rose Tattoo is probably the closest Tennessee Williams came to doing a comedy. It's well short of a comedy, there's too many serious parts to this film to consider it that. Still I think it's something different from Tennessee Williams, something unique, and something wonderful.

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