The Rose Tattoo

The Rose TattooBB.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.

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

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Academy Awards
Best Actress (Anna Magnani as “Serafina Della Rose”)
Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (art direction: Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen; set decoration: Sam Comer, Arthur Krams)
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (James Wong Howe)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marisa Pavan as “Rosa Della Rose”)
Best Costume Design (Black-and-White) (Edith Head)
Best Film Editing (Warren Low)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Alex North)
Best Motion Picture (Hal B. Wallis, producer)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture Actress-Drama (Anna Magnani)
Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Pavan)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Anna Magnani)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Actress (Anna Magnani)
Top Ten Films

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Daniel Mann)

British Academy Award
Best Foreign Actress (Anna Magnani)

Best Foreign Actress (Marisa Pavan)



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