The Rose Tattoo
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Magnani is superb as the grieving Serafina Delle Rose. Lancaster manages to pull off his role as Alvaro Mongiacavallo mainly because of his enormous energy. However, it is difficult for me to take his impersonation of an idiosyncratic Italian American seriously.
The movie won Academy Awards in 1955 for Best Actress (Anna Magnani), Black and White Cinematography and Black and White Art Direction. Nominations were received for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Pavan), Black and White Costume Design and Editing and Scoring of a Dramatic Picture. The Oscar for Best Picture in that same year was given to MARTY.
THE ROSE TATTOO was adapted for the screen from a play by Tennessee Williams who served as the screenwriter for the film. It was shot on location in old Key West.
The best way to enjoy it to the fullest? Stop reading about it, and just watch it. You won't be sorry.
It is no coincidence that for a movie that won three Oscars and received an additional five nominations Lancaster received no recogniton whatsoever from the Academy. He is as convincing an Italian as Donald Trump would be if he tried to act like a modest man.
Magnani won the academy award as Best Actress for her performance in a very bad year for movies (1955). In "The Rose Tattoo" she merely bounces from one emotional outburst to the next, screaming and yelling in each scene. She brings no nuance or subtlety to the character. Marisa Pavan, who plays her daughter, does. Her character's struggle to find love while dealing with an irrational, raging mother brings out a genuine sweetness in her performance.
Magnani's performance with Marlon Brando in "The Fugitive Kind" (1959) is far superior to this one. In that movie, as the long suffering wife, she is sublime and sensual. Her character's strong emotional longings are barely concealed beneath the surface until Brando walks into her life and ignites them.
Either the writing, direction, or both in "The Rose Tatoo" prevent Magnani from exhibiting the dynamic acting ability displayed in the later movie. But Burt, it hurt to watch you in a role you never should have taken, no matter how bad the dialogue.
She won deservedly, the Academy Award as Best Actress in 1955.
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I am a new fan of anna magnani what a wonderful story i highly recomend this to anyone who loves romance where you least expect itPublished 2 days ago by Maureen DiBari
I have never read Faulkner or saw a movie featuring his work. I thought the acting was great, but for me, just a little over the top for drama. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Beth Wagner
Magnifico! Tennessee Williams' stunning portrait of a widow still fresh, beautiful, and powerfully illuminating view of love and relationships. Read morePublished 3 months ago by candelabra67
Anna Magnani and Burton Lancaster are brilliant together! One of my favorite movies!Published 3 months ago by L Thornton
Very good movie. Great performance by Anna Magnani (you can't take your eyes off her), but not my favorite performance by Burt Lancaster. Certainly worth a watch!!Published 7 months ago by Tonythird
A true film classic, The Rose Tattoo is filled with the symbolism that Tennessee Williams' plays always contain, as well as characters having trouble facing up to reality. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brooke
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