The Rose Tattoo (1955) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Hal B. Wallis.
Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Anna Magnani||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Marisa Pavan||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Arthur Krams||Won|
|Best Cinematography||James Wong Howe||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Edith Head||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Warren Low||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Alex North||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Hal B. Wallis, Producer||Nominated|
The Rose Tattoo (1955) (2)on Dec 3, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film
You always notice the fingerprints of a Tennessee Williams production: An exotic locale within the US, unrepentant sexual longing bound up within questions of femininity and masculinity.? The Rose Tattoo bears all of these marks, as well as explores the generational gap in courtship and romance.? Do... Read full article
The Rose Tattoo (1955) (1)By Brandy Dean on Nov 7, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films
Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist?Open City?first brought Italian actress Anna Magnani to the attention of Americans and, legend has it, Tennessee Williams penned the lead role in his play The Rose Tattoo specifically with Magnani in mind. Maybe or maybe not, but she did find her way to the part... Read full article
The Rose TattooBy Alyson on Sep 30, 2010 From The Best Picture Project
The Rose Tattoo is a compelling story, by Tennessee Williams shot in such beautiful black and white that all the color of 1955 cannot compare. ?This was Anna Magnani first English speaking role and ended up winning the Oscar for Best Actress. ?If you want to see some real acting in the 1950?s, Magna... Read full article
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Though the script places the location in a small Mississippi Gulf town, exteriors were shot in Key West. When scouting for locations, a perfect fit was found for the exterior of the house owned by Serafina Delle Rose on Duncan Street. A fence indicating a goat paddock was needed next door and the crew was worried the owner may object to the filming nearby and the addition of a ramshackle fence on his property. They needn't have worried - the house and property next door at 1431 Ducan was the home that Tennessee Williams shared with his lover Frank Merlo himself who happily agreed to its use even inviting Magnani (close friends of Merlo and Williams) and Lancaster to use it as their dressing rooms. In later years, Williams had an enormous mosaic of a rose tattoo embedded in the floor of the pool behind the house, which is still there today.
Although Tennessee Williams wrote the role of Serafina in his 1951 Broadway play for Anna Magnani, her English skills were too limited and Maureen Stapleton played the role instead to great acclaim. Stapleton also would originate the role of Lady Torrance in Williams' "Orpheus Descending", a role Magnani also would play on film.
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