The Rose Tattoo1955
The Rose Tattoo (1955)
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Critic Reviews for The Rose Tattoo
Neither in writing or performance is [Burt Lancaster's] character anything more than a static prototype.
There is nothing to recommend in the film but the incomparable Magnani.
It is a rousing spectacle -- and [Anna Magnani] is the best possible antidote -- to the antiseptic, nylon-packaged blandishments that symbolize sex on | the billboards.
To conform to the Code, Daniel Mann's version scaled down the raw sexuality in Tennessee Williams' play. In the original work, it was raw passion, but in the film desire is approved only if it leads to marriage.
Audience Reviews for The Rose Tattoo
Anna Magnani is fabulous in whatever she appears in. With Lancaster it is touch and go. Call this one a middling effort. the film is likely held back by society norms as to what should and should not appear in a film. Overdue perhaps for a reboot.
Burt Lancaster may get top billing but the real star of this film is the incomparable Anna Magnani. What a performance!
Tennessee Williams wrote this play for Magnani, so it's no surprise that she shines in this role. Rather than trademark decadence, this South focuses on the Sicilian immigrant experience. The script reads authentically and Magnani's performance lends further credibility to Sicilian views of family, gender roles and honor. Lancaster hasn't been in a goofier or over-acted role, yet his rendering is appropriately clownesque. For once, Williams brings happiness out of the darkness.
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