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The Rose Tattoo

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

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Release Date: Dec 12, 1955 Wide

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Scripted by famed playwright Tennessee Williams, The Rose Tattoo stars Anna Magnani as Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian woman who now lives in the American South. As the film opens, she is still mourning the death of her beloved husband, constantly telling herself stories of their time together. Her fragile emotional existence is shattered when she discovers that her husband had been carrying on with another woman. Luckily, Serafina also meets truck driver Alvaro Mangiacavallo (Burt Lancaster)

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Tennessee Williams, Hal Kanter

Sep 21, 2004

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To conform to the Code, Daniel Mann's version scaled down the raw sexuality in Tennessee Williams' play. In the original work, it was raw passion, but in the film desire is approved only if it leads to marriage.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Anna Magnani shines ... but the stagebound feel of the film, and especially some wretched overacting by Burt Lancaster, almost sink it.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Burt Lancaster may get top billing but the real star of this film is the incomparable Anna Magnani. What a performance!
January 3, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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Tennessee Williams wrote this play for Magnani, so it's no surprise that she shines in this role. Rather than trademark decadence, this South focuses on the Sicilian immigrant experience. The script reads authentically and Magnani's performance lends further credibility to Sicilian views of family, gender roles and honor. Lancaster hasn't been in a goofier or over-acted role, yet his rendering is appropriately clownesque. For once, Williams brings happiness out of the darkness.
May 29, 2010
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Good drama, almost easy going coming from Williams. Magnani gives it her all.
July 10, 2009
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jay nixon

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Anna Magnani is fabulous in whatever she appears in. With Lancaster it is touch and go. Call this one a middling effort. the film is likely held back by society norms as to what should and should not appear in a film. Overdue perhaps for a reboot.
March 3, 2014
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