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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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Her blood boiled with desire...raged with jealous fury! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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 »

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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

Marlon Brando was considered for the role of Alvaro Mangiacavallo. 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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Referenced in Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Come le rose
Written by Adolfo Genise
Lyrics by Gaetano Lama
Sung in part by Marisa Pavan (uncredited) and behind credits
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The Great Anna Magnani
9 June 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

The Rose Tattoo is a solid film with terrific performances by 3 Oscar winners: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, and Jo Van Fleet. Magnani landed the film version after Maureen Stapleton had originated the part on Broadway, and she is terrific as the smouldering Italian woman whose husband is killed when he is caught smuggling. The Tennessee Williams play touches on the usual ingredients of sexual repression and denial and hypocrisy. After years of mourning the dead husband (the Baron), Magnani finally gives in to sexual urges (with Lancaster) only after the swarm of village women (a pack of Italian harpy hags that acts as a Greek Chorus) convince her that the husband had been unfaithful. The subplot involves the purity of the daughter who is dating an equally pure sailor (Marisa Pavan and Ben Cooper). The subplot is boring. Lancaster is good as the simpleton truck driver who serves as the double for the dead husband, right down to the rose tattoo on his chest. Another rose tattoo shows up on the chest of the husband's floozie girl friend (nicely played by Virginia Grey), which serves as the "proof" Magnani needs to finally believe her husband's cheating. Lots of symbolism and circular plots, but the bottom line is the excellence of the acting. Magnani won a well-deserved Oscar for this film. Her scenes with Lancaster are electric. And Van Fleet is super as the shrieking customer (Magnani is a seamstress); it's no coincidence that Van Fleet won the supporting actress Oscar that year for East of Eden, since her performance in The Rose Tattoo is a world apart from that film. And yes Tennessee Williams can be glimpsed as a barfly at the Mardi Gras Club.


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