The Rose Tattoo


Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan, Ben Cooper,

Magnani made her American film debut with The Rose Tattoo and Hollywood repaid her with a well-deserved Oscar. If the role of Serafina seems to have been created with Magnani in mind, it was: Tennessee Williams wrote the original play for her, although she was too unsure of her English to appear on the American stage. In a small bayou town, Serafina wears widowhood like a mantle, living in remembered passions and stifling her own boisterous eccentricity. Alvaro Manziacavallo (Burt Lancaster), a joyful lummox with a full heart and a full bottle, cajoles Serafina out of this morbid adoration, releasing her explosive emotions with his own.

Judy Bloch
  • Tennessee Williams
Based On
  • Tennessee Wiliams's play, adapted by Hal Kanter

  • James Wong Howe
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 117 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Paramount Pictures