My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Rose Tattoo

BB.5

(out of 5)


stars as an Italian immigrant housewife living in the American south. She loses her pride-and-joy of a husband in a truck accident and afterwards discovers that he wasn’t faithful to her. Her refusal to believe that her man was anything less than perfect estranges her from her daughter (, a character who was raised in the States and yet still has her mother’s accent) and quashes the possibility of romance with the new fella () who has started coming around. Tennessee Williams specifically wrote the role on stage for Magnani, but her English wasn’t good enough for it until the studios got around to filming the cinematic adaptation. It never feels like any more than emotionally manipulative soap opera junk, sort of a Lana Turner melodrama masquerading as Elia Kazan gritty realism, and Magnani is wonderful, but she’s better in her collaborations with Pasolini and Visconti.


Hal Wallis Productions


USA, 1955

Directed by

Screenplay by , adaptation by ,based on the play by Tennessee Williams

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1955

Golden Globe Awards 1955

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