The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This picture grows better with age. Leigh was 48, and her husband, Olivier, had just left her for a younger woman. Beatty was 23, eager, ambitious, and sincerely wanting to change his image after SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. Based on Tennessee Williams's only novel, the screenplay by Lambert became far more explicit in many ways than the subtle, short book. The...read more

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This picture grows better with age. Leigh was 48, and her husband, Olivier, had just left her for a younger woman. Beatty was 23, eager, ambitious, and sincerely wanting to change his image after SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. Based on Tennessee Williams's only novel, the screenplay by Lambert

became far more explicit in many ways than the subtle, short book. The film preserves many of Williams's bon mots, some of which went right over the heads of the movie's detractors.

Leigh is a fading actress who has just failed in a role more appropriate for a younger woman. She decides that it's time for a vacation in Europe. Her wealthy husband sickens and dies on the way to Italy, but she continues to Rome. When the widow admits to a friend (Browne) that she could use some

male companionship, Browne sets her up with high-society pimp Lenya, who provides the widow with a handsome Italian boy (Beatty). Needless to say, Leigh falls in love, and heartbreak results.

The lines are pure Williams. When Lenya has a complaint, Leigh retorts: "The beautiful make their own laws." Beatty mentions a middle-aged woman he knows of who died in bed with her throat cut. Leigh, who has been concentrating on her card hand, looks up and says, "After three more years of this,

assassination would be a convenience." Lenya is superb; the great German actress never had much success in US movies, although she will always be remembered as the villainess in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. The assistant director, who went on to great success, was Peter Yates.

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  • Review: This picture grows better with age. Leigh was 48, and her husband, Olivier, had just left her for a younger woman. Beatty was 23, eager, ambitious, and sincerely wanting to change his image after SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. Based on Tennessee Williams's only no… (more)

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