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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.

Director:

José Quintero

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (novel), Gavin Lambert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Carl Jaffe ... Baron Waldheim (as Carl Jaffé)
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Tailor
Viola Keats Viola Keats ... Julia McIlheny
Cleo Laine Cleo Laine ... Singer
Bessie Love ... Bunny
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Barrow
Henry McCarty 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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Widow and the Gigolo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to his memoirs, Oliver Reed was interviewed by Elia Kazan for a role in the movie. See more »

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

Quotes

Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales: Listen, Paolo, there's no such thing as a great American lady. Great ladies do not occur in a nation less than 200 years old.
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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 littlemartinarocenaSee 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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