Monday Night Classics: The Rose Tattoo

March 11, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: Key West Art & Historical Society’s Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
Admission: $12 // $8.75 Members
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Few figures loom larger in Key West’s literary history than Tennessee Williams — and we are proud to celebrate the legendary author and playwright throughout March with a series of films based on his work.

The series includes this uniquely Key West-connected film: “The Rose Tattoo,” filmed in large part right next door to Williams’s house on Duncan Street

Williams wrote the play as well as the adapted screenplay as a showcase for his friend Anna Magnani, and she became the first Italian actress to earn a Best Actress Oscar for her work on the film. Magnani plays Serafina Delle Rose, an widowed seamstress who finally breaks out of her grief and depression when she meets a handsome truck driver played by Burt Lancaster. 

With a rare happy ending, “The Rose Tattoo” is a perfect addition to the Tropic’s celebration of Tennessee Williams — and a great chance to see old Key West on screen.

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