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A film version was released by Creator/{{Paramount}} in 1955, starring Anna Magnani (in her first English-speaking role) as Serafina and Creator/BurtLancaster as Alvaro.

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A film version was released by Creator/{{Paramount}} in 1955, starring Anna Magnani Creator/AnnaMagnani (in her first English-speaking role) as Serafina and Creator/BurtLancaster as Alvaro.


* ReplacementLoveInterest: Serafina notices that Alvaro, aside from his [[ButterFace face]], has a body like that of her late husband Rosario. She is startled again when Alvaro mentions that the truck he drives has bananas in it, though it's an 8-ton truck, not a 10-ton truck like the one Rosario drove, and it's ''just'' bananas. When Serafina tells Alvaro that Rosario had a rose tattoo on his chest, Alvaro gets one for himself, and puts rose oil in his hair to make the resemblance almost complete.

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* ReplacementLoveInterest: ReplacementGoldfish: Serafina notices that Alvaro, aside from his [[ButterFace face]], has a body like that of her late husband Rosario. She is startled again when Alvaro mentions that the truck he drives has bananas in it, though it's an 8-ton truck, not a 10-ton truck like the one Rosario drove, and it's ''just'' bananas. When Serafina tells Alvaro that Rosario had a rose tattoo on his chest, Alvaro gets one for himself, and puts rose oil in his hair to make the resemblance almost complete.


* AdaptationalHeroism: The radio play portrays Alvaro as more innocent and good-natured, and doesn't [[DudeShesLikeInAComa admire Rosa while she sleeps]] like he does in the play. Instead, Rosa tells Serafina of the man on her couch, and Serafina, ashamed of having slept with Alvaro, forces him to leave the house.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The radio play portrays Alvaro as more innocent and good-natured, and doesn't [[DudeShesLikeInAComa admire Rosa while she sleeps]] like he does in the play. Instead, Rosa tells Serafina of the man on her couch, sofa, and Serafina, ashamed of having slept with Alvaro, forces him to leave the house.


* AdaptationalHeroism: The radio play portrays Alvaro as more innocent and good-natured, and doesn't [[DudeShesLikeInAComa admire Rosa while she sleeps]] like he does in the play.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The radio play portrays Alvaro as more innocent and good-natured, and doesn't [[DudeShesLikeInAComa admire Rosa while she sleeps]] like he does in the play. Instead, Rosa tells Serafina of the man on her couch, and Serafina, ashamed of having slept with Alvaro, forces him to leave the house.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The radio play portrays Alvaro as more innocent and good-natured, and doesn't [[DudeShesLikeInAComa admire Rosa while she sleeps]] like he does in the play.

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The play was nominated for four Tonies in 1951: Best Play, Best Featured Actor (Creator/EliWallach as Alvaro), Best
Featured Actress (Creator/MaureenStapleton as Serafina) and Best Scenic Design by Boris Aronson.

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* MenDontCry: Averted and lampshaded. Alvaro is in tears after his fight with the salesman, but he's ashamed of being so sensitive, because he believes that as a man he shouldn't be.


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''The Rose Tattoo'' is a play by Creator/TennesseeWilliams, first produced in 1950.

Serafina was a peasant girl of fourteen when she married a Sicilian baron named Rosario delle Rose. They lived together in a small cottage next to a highway on the Gulf Coast, and its shutters rattled whenever the 10-ton truck that he drove for the Brothers Romano passed by. Their marriage lasted for twelve years, and Serafina counted the 4,380 nights that she spent in bed with her husband until the night when he didn't come home. He was shot at the wheel of his truck, which overturned and caught fire. In violation of Church laws, Serafina has his charred body cremated and the ashes placed in a marble urn.

Three years later, Serafina, still in the business of sewing dresses, has not dressed herself or gone out of her house since her husband died. Her daughter Rosa, now fifteen years old, is introduced to a young sailor named Jack Hunter at a HighSchoolDance. When Serafina finds out that Jack and Rosa have been dating, she is horrified and locks her daughter's clothes up until her teacher convinces Serafina to let her graduate with her class. She remains proud of the memory of a husband whom she believes to have been hers alone, and is violently perturbed when other women tell her that this was not the case. Suddenly a dark and handsome Sicilian truck driver by the name of Alvaro Mangiacavallo stumbles into her house, shares his miseries with her and finds his way into her heart.

A film version was released by Creator/{{Paramount}} in 1955, starring Anna Magnani (in her first English-speaking role) as Serafina and Creator/BurtLancaster as Alvaro.
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!!This play contains examples of:
* ButterFace: Alvaro Mangiacavallo has a finely sculpted body, but his face looks as ridiculous as his last name sounds. Serafina keeps repeating to herself that he has a clown's face on her late husband's body.
* CatchPhrase: Alvaro announces his entrances with the happy greeting "Rondinella felice!"
* CheerfulChild: Bruno, Salvatore and Vivi, three children who never speak, though their playful actions are played for NarrativeFiligree. One of the boys is bouncing a rubber ball at the wake, much to Rosa's outrage.
* CompanionCube: According to the stage directions and author's production notes, the dummies should be poseable to make it look as if they were carrying on conversations with each other and Serafina.
* ConfessInConfidence: Serafina becomes very angry when Father de Leo, who used to hear Rosario's confessions, refuses on principle to tell her whether or not her late husband was having an affair with another woman.
* CuckoldHorns: After two gossips disclose to Serafina that her late husband had an affair with another women, she angrily and repeatedly denies it, saying that her husband would not have put "the nanny-goat's horns" on her head. There is also an actual goat that is troubling her. (Oddly enough, the Italian words for this are not used.)
* FlowerInHerHair: Serafina wears a [[RuleOfSymbolism rose]] in her hair for her husband, and agrees to do the same for Alvaro. Giuseppina, one of the neighborhood women, also mentions this when Serafina fails to deliver the graduation dresses: "Now what she wear, my daughter, to graduate in? A couple of towels and a rose in her hair?"
* GiveMeASign: Serafina goes to her shrine of the Madonna and prays for a sign.
* GossipyHens: The ladies of the neighborhood do a lot of gossiping about Serafina, who even calls them hens at one point.
* GratuitousItalian: The play has many characters, especially Serafina, who speak Italian. It helps that most of the characters are Sicilian-American, though they limit their Italian conversations to short phrases.
* GroinAttack: The fight Alvaro gets into culminates with him taking a hit to the groin from the TravelingSalesman's knee.
* HighSchoolDance: Rosa meets Jack at her high school dance and, misinterpreting her mother's advice, dances too closely with him. (This is only mentioned in the play, but shown in the film.)
* IKissYourHand: When Rosa begs Jack to kiss her mother, she demurs and offers her hand for him to kiss instead. He kisses it loudly.
* InTheBlood: Alvaro comically boasts that he is the grandson of the village idiot of Ribera.
* MeaningfulName: Rosa delle Rose. The Italian meaning of her name is "rose of roses"; Estelle Hohengarten, after looking over her, tells her, "You're a twig off the old rose-bush."
* MessOfWoe: Serafina dresses herself very properly while her husband is alive. However, after he dies, she doesn't leave her house for years and wears only a dirty pink slip, having grown too fat to fit into her former clothes.
* TheMistress: Estelle Hohengarten, a blackjack dealer from Texas who works at the Square Roof on the [[UsefulNotes/NewOrleans Esplanade]], has an affair with Rosario delle Rose whose one-year anniversary was to have been celebrated on the day of his funeral. Of course, everybody knows about it but his wife, who only acknowledges it several years later.
* TheMourningAfter: Serafina treasures the memory of her late husband of twelve years as "the ''first'' best, the ''only'' best." She jealously keeps watch over his ashes (which she keeps in defiance of Catholic doctrine) and is proud to say that he was "never touched by the hand of ''nobody''" except her, which is unfortunately untrue.
* PaintedOnPants: Serafina examines her daughter's sailor boyfriend from the front and back and asks him why they make Navy pants so tight. "That's a question you'll have to ask the Navy," he tells her.
* PiggyBank: Serafina fills a piggy bank with the small change she earns from her sewing. Rosa smashes it in the final scene and scoops out a bunch of coins before running off.
* PosthumousCharacter: Rosario delle Rose, Serafina's husband, succumbs to death by {{Retirony}} before he can appear on stage. The film of the play does show him briefly on screen (alive), though his actor (Larry Chance) remains uncredited.
* RealMenWearPink: Estelle Hohengarten orders Serafina to make a man's shirt out of a piece of [[RuleOfSymbolism rose-colored]] silk. When Serafina objects that [[PinkIsForSissies it's not a man's color]], Estelle tells her, "This man is wild like a Gypsy." Serafina is not pleased to hear, years later, that Estelle was TheMistress of her late husband.
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse:
-->'''Miss Yorke''': You are talking about the Hunter girl's brother, a sailor named Jack, who attended the dance with his sister?\\
'''Serafina''': "Attended with sister!"--Attended with ''sister!''--My daughter, she's nobody's sister!
* ReplacementLoveInterest: Serafina notices that Alvaro, aside from his [[ButterFace face]], has a body like that of her late husband Rosario. She is startled again when Alvaro mentions that the truck he drives has bananas in it, though it's an 8-ton truck, not a 10-ton truck like the one Rosario drove, and it's ''just'' bananas. When Serafina tells Alvaro that Rosario had a rose tattoo on his chest, Alvaro gets one for himself, and puts rose oil in his hair to make the resemblance almost complete.
* {{Retirony}}: When Assunta tells Serafina that her husband's job smuggling dope under bananas in his 10-ton truck could lead him to get killed, Serafina protests that tonight is his last run for the Brothers Romano and that he can start making his own living tomorrow. Serafina waits in vain for the return of the truck and its driver, which meet a fiery end together before next morning.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The play has roses and rose-flavored things everywhere, starting with the names of Rosario delle Rose, the original owner of the tattoo, and his daughter Rosa.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Averted with Serafina. The shock of her husband's death causes her to have a miscarriage.
* SomethingAboutARose: The play is practically suffocating in rose symbolism. The original owner of the rose tattoo is named Rosario delle Rose. His wife, who compares his skin to a yellow rose petal, likes to wear [[FlowerInHerHair a rose in her hair]] and imagines the tattoo appeared on her breast when she conceived, which is perhaps why her daughter is named Rosa. The symbolism doesn't stop there.
* TalkingToTheDead: Serafina delle Rose, at least according to her daughter, talks to her late husband's ashes as if he were still alive.
* ThatLiarLies: When Flora and Bessie tell Serafina that her late husband was having an affair with Estelle Hohengarten, she flies into a rage and attacks the two clowns with a broom, howling at them: "Liar!--''Lie''-arrrrr!" When she recalls this with Alvaro, she doesn't want to say what lie they told about her husband, only how terrible the thought made her feel:
-->"I don't want to talk about it! I just want to forget it; it wasn't true, it was false, false, false!--as the hearts of the bitches who told it..."
* TimeSkip: The first three scenes form a sort of prologue to the rest of the drama, which takes place three years later.
* TravelingSalesman: A straw-hatted salesman who pays a call to Serafina, trying to sell novelties. He's also a JerkAss to Alvaro.
* UnfortunateNames: Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* WardingGestures: Serafina makes the ''mano cornuta'' gesture to ward off the "evil eye" of the Strega and the black goat often seen in her yard. After one of these encounters, she also tells her daughter to "wash your face with salt water and throw the salt water away."
* WineIsClassy: Serafina, proud of having married a baron though she was born a peasant, keeps a stock of Sicilian Spumanti bottles from the house of her late husband's family.
* YoureJustJealous:
-->'''Serafina''': You are, you are, dirty talk, all the time men, men, men! You men-crazy things, you!\\
'''Flora''': Sour grapes--sour grapes is your trouble! You're wild with envy!\\
'''Bessie''': Isn't she green with jealousy? Huh?
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