The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
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as Karen Stone
as Paolo di Leo
as Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
as Barbara Bingham
as Young man
as Mrs. Jamison-Walker
as L. Greener
as Mrs. Barrow
as Tom Stone
as Mrs. Coogan
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
Very nearly a comedy in the same vein as Reefer Madness, this cautionary tale told to keep older women from even considering younger men is exaggerated to the point of rue. Warren Bratty interestingly plays an Italian so vain I bet he thinks this song is about him. Pass it by unless you could use some sad in your life
A very real side of Roman life is shown in this film ~ love for sale. In the train station or on the beaches of Ostia, the ragazzi barter with male or female for cash. Young men parade themselves in hopes of bedding old, wealthy, foreign woman. Vivien Leigh is haunting in Williams' treatise on withering beauty, aging and diminishing chances for love. While Beatty's looks fit the part of a gigolo, he is unbelievable as an Italian, an unfortunate miscast. Leigh's abandonment brings the film to a chilling conclusion.
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