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The Rose Tattoo (1955)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 December 1955 (USA)
An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (screenplay), Hal Kanter (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Sandro Giglio ... Father De Leo
Mimi Aguglia ... Assunta
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Flora
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An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period of years draws more and more into herself, trying to force her lovely teenaged daughter Rosa to do likewise. On one eventful day, Rose finally breaks away; Serafina learns of Rosario's affair with another woman; and a new carefree, handsome Italian truck driver enters her life... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The boldest story of love you have ever been permitted to see! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rosa Tatuada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Magnani became the first actress to win Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Best Foreign Actress at the BAFTA Awards and Best Actress - Drama at the Golden Globe Awards for her role in this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Schoolteacher: Mrs. Delle Rose. I don't understand how a woman that acts like you could have such a sweet and refines young girl for a daughter.
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The Sheik of Araby
by Ted Snyder, Francis Wheeler and Harry B. Smith
Used instrumentally (player piano)
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Serafina!
25 September 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Tennessee Williams was a good friend of Anna Magnani, the great Italian screen star. It was with her in mind he wrote "The Rose Tattoo", but she never played it in the theater because she didn't feel too comfortable, at the time, in doing the play in English.

Anna Magnani was born to play Serafina; she smolders the screen every time we see her. She is the sole reason for watching the film. Daniel Mann miscalculated in the adaptation, by Hal Kanter, of the play he had directed on Broadway, and it shows. The basic failure is that he made the character of Alvaro Mangiacavallo into a buffoon. Burt Lancaster seems to have been directed to go for laughs rather than being the sensual man he is in the play. He must awaken Serafina from the self imposed mourning she is experiencing at the time they meet.

"The Rose Tattoo" has a Greek tragedy feeling. Watch Serafina at the beginning of the film shopping at the grocery store among the neighborhood women. Later, the same thing happens. At the most dramatic moments, the chorus comes to surround Serafina; it's a ploy to make her react to them and vent her anger at the ignorant women who are her neighbors and clients, but not her real friends.

Serafina is a dignified woman who is still living back in Sicily, even though she is now in New Orleans. Her daughter rebels against her mother, who can't understand the American ways. When her husband Rosario dies, her whole world falls apart. Rosario has been the only man in her life and she wants to stay at home and not face reality, until the appearance of Alvaro, who manages to win her over with his simple ways.

Anna Magnani gives a performance that is larger than life.


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