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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 »
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(64 articles)
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An uneven film, with one great performance See more (33 total) »

Cast

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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
Natalia Danesi Murray .... translation (uncredited)
 
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117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
This was Magnani's first English-speaking role in a Hollywood film. She was very nervous about her English, and her heavy accent during filming, and in fact had turned down the role in the stage version earlier for the same reason. Magnani's performance was widely applauded and she walked home with the Oscar for Best Actress as a result.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 »
Soundtrack:
Come le roseSee more »

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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An uneven film, with one great performance, 17 March 2002
Author: burgbob975 (burgbob975@aol.com) from Richmond, California

Time has not been kind to The Rose Tattoo, a 1955 release that garnered three Oscars, plus additional nominations. Originally written by Tennessee Williams as a play, the film's shortcomings now cancel out much that audiences might have found entertaining about it 47 years ago. The deficits include bad acting all around (with the exception of the star, Anna Magnani) and an uneven script by Williams (who among other things was apparently clueless about how an adolescent boy and girl, attracted to each other, might talk or behave).

Playing the role of the dim-witted but sexy truck driver who courts a grieving widow (Magnani), Burt Lancaster gives a highly exaggerated "comedy performance" that is occasionally embarrassing to watch. A great natural actor in his other films and noted for his controlled physicallity, Lancaster here gawks, bends, waves his arms, makes faces, cries (clownishly), and is generally ape-like, all the while failing to get inside the character he's portraying. (Leading American actors have always had a problem convincingly playing people less intelligent than themselves; see Lon Chaney, Jr. in Of Mice and Men or, more recently, Jack Nicholson in Prizzi's Honor for more examples of this.)

Under the direction of Daniel Mann (who also directed the play), and intended as a comedy-drama, almost everything in Rose Tattoo is either loud or overblown (though it may have been Williams' wish that it be played this way in a misguided attempt to heighten the humorous dimension of the story). The host of supporting characters are all portrayed as one-dimensional grotesques or harpies who telegraph their every thought or emotion by arm-waving, facial contortions, or semiphoring the kind of villainousness that went out in the early '30s. Nor does Mann seem to have fine control over the physical goings-on by cast members. In some scenes small groups of people rush back and forth like obedient cattle, too obviously responding to off-camera direction; and at the high school prom a male extra noticeably freezes for a second or two as he waits for Marisa Pavan and her sailor dance partner to leave the floor ahead of him.

Magnani, for whom the play was written (though she just appeared in the film, after she had mastered the rudiments of the English language), comes across as the only real human being among a slew of posturing marionettes. Her portrayal of a terribly put-upon Sicilian widow fighting off the knowledge of her dead husband's infidelity and desperately trying to maintain her dignity in the face of snide remarks and out-and-out insults is awe-inspiring. I doubt that her performance has ever been matched by any American actress before or after. (Only Vivien Leigh, a Brit, comes to mind as a mentally disintegrating Blanche du Bois in the film version of Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.) Williams, who was famously homosexual, understood and probably identified with vulnerable women. (Years before, his own sister, when a young woman, had been seriously mentally ill, "put away," and had undergone a lobotomy. It was no coincidence that her name was Rose.)

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