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This review is from: The Rose Tattoo (DVD)
After watching Anna Magnani in THE FUGITIVE KIND, I wanted to see all of the movies she had starred in. Her performance in THE FUGITIVE KIND was powerful, and her unconventional non-Hollywood look really appealed to me. I chose THE ROSE TATTOO, based on several good reviews I had read and also because I have enjoyed so many of Burt Lancaster's performances. However, I found this movie to be very disappointing.
In THE FUGITIVE KIND, Anna Magnani is damaged, mourning the loss of a father and a lover many years prior. With her racist husband, she displays a calm resignation, under which is an undeniable dread. With Brando she exudes a quiet, simmering passion that is astounding to watch. What's missing in THE ROSE TATTOO are the quiet moments where you see characters transform before your eyes. In THE ROSE TATTOO, Magnani just screams and screams. There is little insight into her inner agony. Instead, she breaks things or slams doors.
Lancaster's performance is also bad. He is not convincing as an Italian, nor is he convincing as the "fool" who tries to steal Magnani's heart.
I wanted to like this movie. Not only are two of the actors my favorites, but I also love Tennessee Williams's plays and screenplays. But this movie just plain does not work.