V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE

V' 03

THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE

José Quintero
USA/GB, 1961
103min, OF

THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE

José Quintero
USA/GB, 1961
, 103min, OF

Actors: 
Vivien Leigh
Karen Stone
Warren Beatty
Paolo di Leo
Lotte Lenya
Gräfin Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Coral Browne
Meg
Jill St. John
Barbara
Jeremy Spenser
junger Mann
Stella Bonheur
Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Josephine Brown
Lucia
Screenplay: 
Gavin Lambert nach der Novelle von Tennessee Williams
Sound: 
Leslie Hodgson
Camera: 
Harry Waxman
Editor: 
Ralph Kemplen
Composer: 
Richard Addinsell
Decoration: 
Roger K. Furse
Costume: 
Pierre Balmain
Beatrice Dawson

Production: 
Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522, USA T 818 954 6341 F 818 9546336
World Sales: 
Warner Bros
Distribution in Austria: 
Warner Bros. Zieglergasse 10 1070 Wien T 1 523 86 26 F 1 523 86 26 31
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Vivien Leigh is the star of this gloomy, pessimistic portrait as a middle-aged widow, from Tennessee Williams only novel. She portrays a lonely, uncertain ex-actress who has given up her profession and her past to settle in Rome following the sudden death of her wealthy husband. However reluctantly, she soon falls prey to the interests of the fortune-hunting parasites and pimps of Rome who seek monetary rewards in return for romantic favors. But Leigh has the misfortune to fall in love with her «young man», who convincingly feigns amour, then flutters away on another attractive assignment provided by agent-panderer Lotte Lenya. Leigh gives an expressive, interesting delineation projecting intelligence and femininity, as always. Mrs. Stone, however, is no Blanche DuBois. Theres less to work with. Although every once in a while a little Guido Panzini creeps into his Italo dialect and Marlon Brando into his posture and expression, Beatty gives a fairly convincing characterization of the young, mercenary punk-gigolo. Lenya is frighteningly sinister as the cunning pimpette.

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