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Vivien Leigh, so stirringly memorable as Blanche in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, stars in this 1961 adaptation of Williams's only novella, giving a nuanced, slightly neurotic performance that is haunting and all the more tragic by its being one of the actress's last performances before her sad death at age 53. Leigh plays Karen Stone, a 50-ish theater actress whose comeback vehicle never gets off the ground; en route to Rome for a brief escape, she's devastated by the sudden death of her beloved husband. She decides to stay in Rome, and there, her loneliness takes root against the spectacular backdrop of the city. Lotte Lenya plays a viperous contessa who pimps young men to older rich ladies, and introduces the handsome Paolo (played with dissolute perfection--though his Italian accent is shaky--by Warren Beatty) to Mrs. Stone. Leigh's performance is unnervingly raw, though one wonders why a woman with a long, happy marriage and at least one very real friend (played by Coral Browne) should be doomed to such relentless loneliness--surely she and her hubby had some pals back in New York? But with Williams, you simply must go along for the ride, and the journey through the emotional dark spaces of Mrs. Stone's life is gripping. The location shots of the glorious, decaying beauty of Rome are fabulous, as are the costumes. Extras include a featurette, Mrs. Stone: Looking for Love in All the Dark Corners. --A.T. Hurley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a true collector's item for any Tennesse Williams, Warren Beatty or Vivien Leigh fan! Also very enjoyable for any woman or gay man over 50 years of age! Read morePublished 8 months ago by J.A.L.
They speak of Garbo, Davis and Hepburn. But no one could touch the great Vivien Leigh. Each role; another interpretation. She was a stunning actress with gorgeous looks. Read morePublished on June 14 2000
It is the most wonderful moment to enjoy Vivien's outstanding performance. The role suits her very much. She could touch those hearts who are also losing their youth. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 1999
why you should buy this wonderful movie... -to breathe the magic aura of Rome in the 60's -to admire 24-year-old and breathtakingly handsome Warren Beatty,and Vivien Leigh's great... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 1999