Academy Awards 1955 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
Academy Awards 1955 -
Best Cinematography: James Wong Howe
USA Today - 06/14/1991
"...Anna Magnani took a richly deserved Oscar for this Tennessee Williams soaper....Marisa Pavan is also very good as Magnani's daughter..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/27/2003
"...A near-classic due to Magnani's earthy, Oscar-winning performance....Marisa Pavan gives a lovely performance as Mangani's sweet daughter..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
When Tennessee Williams wrote The Rose Tattoo, he had one actress in mind-Anna Magnani. William's sense of casting proved as sharp as his ear for dialogue. Magnani won the Best Actress Oscar for her bravura portrayal in this drama that received eight Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won three.
Magnani plays Serefina Delle Rose, who retreats from the world when her beloved husband dies. But Serefina reawakens to life's joys when she meets Alvaro (Burt Lancaster), a happy-go-lucky truck driver who has the same sunny openness her husband had, even the same occupation. And on his chest is the same symbol of love, The Rose Tattoo.
Having served as Tennessee Williams' muse for his 1951 stage play THE ROSE TATTOO, Italian actress Anna Magnani delivers a powerhouse performance of the role written specifically for her--and for which she won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actress. Magnani stars as Serafina Delle Rose, a grieving Italian-American widow who has withdrawn from life and expects her budding teenage daughter Rosa (Marisa Pavan) to do the same. But just as Serafina's saintly devotion to her late husband's memory is shattered by the discovery of his marital infidelity, the attentions of an understanding truck driver (Burt Lancaster) promise to reawaken the widow's insular heart to the pleasures of love and life.
A Sicilian widow, living in the American south, sustains herself on rosy memories of her deceased husband. Then she discovers that he had a mistress; with her world totally shattered, she's not sure how to go on... until a handsome truck driver comes riding into town and changes everything.
Essential Cinema |
Love Story |
Stage Play |
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