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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (novel)
Gavin Lambert (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 December 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Critics and the public say Karen Stone is too old -- as she approaches 50 -- for her role in a play she is about to take to Broadway... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Vivien Hypnotic See more (46 total) »

Cast

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Vivien Leigh ... Karen Stone

Warren Beatty ... Paolo di Leo
Coral Browne ... Meg

Jill St. John ... Barbara Bingham
Jeremy Spenser ... Young man
Stella Bonheur ... Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Josephine Brown ... Lucia
Peter Dyneley ... Lloyd Greener
Carl Jaffe ... Baron Waldheim (as Carl Jaffé)
Harold Kasket ... Tailor
Viola Keats ... Julia McIlheny
Cleo Laine ... Singer

Bessie Love ... Bunny
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Barrow
Henry McCarty ... Campbell Kennedy (as Henry McCarthy)

Warren Mitchell ... Giorgio
John Phillips ... Tom Stone
Paul Stassino ... Stefano - The Barber

Ernest Thesiger ... Stefano
Mavis Villiers ... Mrs. Coogan

Lotte Lenya ... Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Britneva ... Principessa Bonmeni (uncredited)
Thelma D'Aguilar ... Mita (uncredited)
Edward de Souza ... (uncredited)

Jean Marsh ... (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joe Sonessa ... Stalker (uncredited)
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Directed by
José Quintero 
 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (novel)

Gavin Lambert (screenplay)

Jan Read (additional writing)

Produced by
Louis De Rochemont .... producer (as Louis de Rochemont)
Lothar Wolff .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
 
Production Design by
Roger K. Furse  (as Roger Furse)
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist
A.G. Scott .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Basil Somner .... production manager
Ted Wallis .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derrick Parr .... second assistant director
Jake Wright .... second assistant director
Peter Yates .... assistant director
Tony Wallis .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Jarvis .... set dresser
Ivor Beddoes .... sketch artist (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie Hodgson .... dubbing editor
Cecil Mason .... sound mixer
Dennis Whitlock .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Jimmy Stilwell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe
John Briggs .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Eunice Mountjoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Graham Shipham .... assembly editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... conductor
Douglas Gamley .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
June Faithfull .... continuity
Jack King .... administrator
Robert Porter .... location manager
Charles Castle .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #20043)

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Goofs:
Continuity: The handkerchief Karen Stone takes out is different from the one picked up by the young man outside.See more »
Quotes:
Karen Stone:You see... I don't leave my diamonds in the soap dish... and when the time comes when nobody desires me... for myself... I'd rather not be... desired... at all.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nancy Drew (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love Is a BoreSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Vivien Hypnotic, 15 February 2010
Author: Casadena

"Are you trying to--touch me, Contessa?" No one who sees Vivien Leigh on film can remain unmoved by her for long, if they are sensitive to beauty. Or pain. Despite whatever faults it may reveal to some, this film is a truly beautiful representation of the singularly tormented art of a hypnotically compelling actress. Watch her eyes in the introductory scene on the sofa, as she glances at the Contessa and her boy, over the smoke rising from her filter-less cigarette. Or at the villa lunch party--is anyone more graceful on screen with a fork and an awkward plate of food in their hands while managing to consume, register taste, swallow, and speak "sophisticated" dialog in the best postwar style, in a foreign (American) accent? Watch her in the café scene with Lotte Lenya's voracious pimp zeroing in on its prey: Leigh was tormented by the word "Beautiful"--friends and fans called her that to her face almost involuntarily, yet she couldn't tell them it drove her crazy, that her English convent school upbringing made that word synonymous with "shallow", at least to her way of thinking--but what other word describes her? Vivien Leigh casts a spell on all who see her, long after her death from tuberculosis in 1967. Oh, and the 1961 Lincoln convertible is as beautiful as any of the "Roman" scenery in the background; it is the perfect choice for Karen Stone's car.

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