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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 28 December 1961 (USA)
An aging actress travels to Rome with her husband; after he suddenly dies during the flight, she begins a passionate affair with a young gigolo.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Karen Stone
... Paolo di Leo
... Meg
... Barbara Bingham
... Young man
... Mrs. Jamison-Walker
... Lucia
... Lloyd Greener
Carl Jaffe ... Baron Waldheim (as Carl Jaffé)
Harold Kasket ... Tailor
Viola Keats ... Julia McIlheny
Cleo Laine ... Singer
... Bunny
... Mrs. Barrow
Henry McCarty ... Campbell Kennedy (as Henry McCarthy)
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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. Her businessman husband, 20 years her senior, has been the angel for the play and gives her a way out: They are off to a holiday in Rome for his health. He suffers a fatal heart attack on the plane. Mrs. Stone stays in Rome. She leases a magnificent apartment with a view of the seven hills from the terrace. Then the contessa comes calling to introduce a young man named Paola to her. The contessa knows many presentable young men and lonely American widows. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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The Widow and the Gigolo  »

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Trivia

Production documents say that Terence Stamp was cast in this film but there is no sign of him in the final print. See more »

Goofs

The handkerchief Karen Stone takes out is different from the one picked up by the young man outside. See more »

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Karen Stone: You see, Contessa, Americans aren't as romantic as their motion pictures.
Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales: What a pity.
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The Warner Brothers shield logo which normally introduces a Warner Brothers film appears at the end of this film instead of at the beginning. See more »

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Version of Navazhdeniye (1992) See more »

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Love Is a Bore
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Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Paddy Roberts
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Love Among The Ruins
8 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

"In a few years, a cut throat would be a blessing" that's what Karen Stone (Vivien Leigh) tells Paolo (Warren Beatty)letting us know that she sees her life in an inexorable descend into the unspeakable. Old age is the ultimate punishment for the vain and the selfish. Tennessee Williams dissects that theory with an expert hand. The depression that Vivien Leigh (magnificent, once you get over the wig) carries with her at all times is so pungent and vivid that when you see her smile you may emit a sigh of relief. She's looking for her angel of death and Warren Beatty really looks the part. So Italian in his childishness if not his accent that you understand why Mrs. Stone will let herself fall into his obvious trap, wouldn't you? The pessimism and the sense of tragedy - the most personal and embarrassing kind - leads us by the hand through this gorgeous, gelid journey through a life about to fade in a place, rightly know as the eternal city. Vivien Leigh is sublime looking into her terrifying future. Warren Beatty seems to fit perfectly the reason to go against everything you believe in. Lotte Lenya is great fun to watch and a wonderful villain if I ever saw one. Coral Browne looks enormous next to Vivien Leigh and as a close friend, she reminded me of Mame's closest friend, Vera Charles, the one who would tell you all the ugly truths. I must confess, I enjoyed it but I couldn't shake off the melancholia for days and days.


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