Monday, April 11, 2011

The Rose Tattoo / Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster



The Rose Tattoo is a 1955 film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play by Williams and Hal Kanter and directed by Daniel Mann, with stars Anna Magnani (who won the Academy Award for Best Actress),  Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan and Jo Van Fleet.


 



The Rose Tattoo tells the story of Serafina Delle Rose, an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband, Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling, and tries to force her teenage daughter to do the same.

Serafina is tortured by rumors of Rosario's affair with another woman.  In the dramatic scene on the following video, Serafina confronts Father DeLeo and asks him if anyone had confessed about having an affair with Rosario.  The priest insists that he cannot divulge this information, but the look on his face says it all for Serafina.  She insists that her husband did not "put the horns" on her as she is mocked by her female neighbors.






Ahhhhh but wait . . . along comes Alvaro, a handsome Italian truck driver who enters her life . . . you'll have to see the movie to see what happens!







The Rose Tattoo is one of my all time favorite movies that I didn't discover until  the 1980's . . . it reminds me of my family . . . dramatic italians, what can I say?  The way everyone is dressed and everything about this movie makes me nostalgic for the days of my childhood.





10 comments:

Out of My Mind said...

I had forgotten all about that movie. I didn't see it at the theater but years later on TV. Bert Lancaster was a handsome devil wasn't he?

kt

Don E. Chute said...

I will have to look this up. Funny, lately I have been nostalgic for my Italian side of my family.

Catherine said...

I know exactly what you mean. I feel the same way. It brings tears to my eyes. Such passion. Blessings, Catherine xo

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks for a great flashback! I love how those era films had such dramatic trailers. Anna Magnani was one of the greats. Williams wrote the play to showcase her in Magnani's first English-speaking role.

phillipbarroso.blogspot.com said...

Thats a very old stuff, thats something worth to remember.lol

The Owl Nest said...

WOW! That's an O-L-D movie :-)

Good though ...

Thanks for posting and jogging the old gray matter; LOL

~Val

Out of My Mind said...

I AM PUTTING THIS MESSAGE ON EVERYONE'S COMMNT PAGE:

I pride myself on trying to visit everyone I follow as often as possible. I enjoy all of you so much and have deliberately surrounded myself with the type of up-beat, happy bloggers as possible.

However, recently I have taken in my 32 year old granddaughter and her two children. It has been such a monumental change for me I am finding it hard to keep up my blogging, and my visiting.

I hate to admit it but there have been some difficulties with adjustments (on both sides) and I find that I just don't have the time to do the things I want to do. I also seem to be letting it get me down.

Just give me some time and I will be back on my game soon....I'm sure......kt

Noypi said...

I haven't seen a full length black and white movie. But these are interesting eh. Might check them out. :D

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you all so much for visiting and commenting :)

Poor little Babyboomer Flashback blog is feeling neglected! I've had to scale back my computer time due to life circumstances . . .

I'll be back soon with new posts!

Carla said...

Thanks for sharing that! I hadn't even heard of that one and will definatly watch for that one! One of my faves is "The Ghost and Mrs Muir" and I actually have a soap that I make in it's honor, it's called "Captain Gregg's Choice". I SO love old movies!

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