The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
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as Karen Stone
as Paolo di Leo
as Barbara Bingham
as Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
as Young man
as Tom Stone
as L. Greener
as Mrs. Barrow
as Mrs. Coogan
as Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Critic Reviews for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
The disappointing pic is right in Vivian Leigh's wheel-house, as she inhabits her aging and fading beauty character to the fullest and gives a superb performance.
As the aging actress, Vivien Leigh is good but Warren Beatty is miscast as the gigolo in this weak screen adaptation of Tennessee William's novella.
The tagline says that they called it love and it was for sale, to which the appropriate response is that one hopes they kept the receipt.
Audience Reviews for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
vivian leigh is amazing in one of her later star vehicle gutted and sanatized tennessee williams' play.
This film must have been truly shocking in it's day. And the subject matter still seems fresh & adult. Leigh is compelling as the fading beauty spiraling downward in this richly photographed piece. I actually prefer this daring story to "Streetcar". And it faithfully captures the tone & themes of the novella. Treat yourself to this hidden gem if you've never seen it. Brown & Lenya also lend wonderful support, & Beatty does his best.
A chagrin-filled tragedy following the deterioration of youth and the worthlessness of wealth in forging meaningful relationships . Significant because Leigh offers an emotional and frighteningly calculated portrait of the somber main character, seemingly drawing on her own experience in later life as a complex and talented actress, prized in many ways only for the fresh beauty of youth. Ringing with the loneliness of suffering within while grappling with the shifting external world, Leigh offers us a view into the world of a beautiful, aging, and prideful female.
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