Tennessee Williams Film Series: The Rose Tattoo

March 22, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Produced by: Key West Art & Historical Society
Event Category: KWAHS Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
Admission: $14 // $10.75 Members


The Tropic is once again proud to partner with the Key West Art & Historical Society to celebrate legendary author, playwright and Key West icon Tennessee Williams throughout March!

Based on a Williams play and filmed in large part right next door to Williams’s house on Duncan Street, “The Rose Tattoo” centers on Serafina, a widowed Sicilian woman living in the American South who is left devastated by the death of her husband. Grief turns her into a recluse; however, she is drawn back into the world when she learns of her late husband’s infidelities. Meanwhile, the arrival of a new lodger—handsome truck driver Alvaro—offers hope of a new love in her life.

“The Rose Tattoo” stars Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan and Jo Van Fleet.  Magnani, a longtime friend of Williams, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, and the film won Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography receiving five other nominations including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Pavan.

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