The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Vivien Leigh
Director: Jose Quintero Cast: Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
, Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
, Coral Browne
Coral Browne
Jose Quintero


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Vivien Leigh plays Karen Stone, a middle-aged actress whose career is in a tailspin. To assuage her hurt feelings, Karen goes on a vacation to Rome with her husband, who dies en route. Her best friend (Coral Browne) compassionately arranges for a young Italian escort (read: gigolo) to keep Karen from wallowing in her grief in Rome. The man hired for the task is sneering, contemptuous Pablo di Leo, played by Warren Beatty. Despite Pablo's rude behavior, the lonely Karen throws herself at him, showering him with expensive gifts and demanding his undivided attention. This being an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams novel, Blanche Dubois --er, Karen Stone must pay the piper for her eleventh-hour surfeit of passion; she is dispensed with by an "Angel of Death" in the form of psycho Jeremy Spencer. More operatic than dramatic, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone represents the only feature-film directorial effort of experimental-theatre maven Jose Quintero; his assistant was future Bullitt helmer Peter Yates.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2018
UPC: 0888574775025
Original Release: 1961
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 32,674

Special Features

Featurette Mrs. Stone: Looking for Love in All the Dark Corners; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivien Leigh Karen Stone
Warren Beatty Paolo di Leo
Coral Browne Meg
Jill St. John Barbara Bingham
Lotte Lenya Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Jeremy Spencer Young man
Stella Bonheur Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Josephine Brown Lucia
Peter Dyneley L. Greener
Carl Jaffe Baron
Harold Kasket Tailor
Viola Keats Julia
Cleo Laine Singer
Bessie Love Bunny
Elspeth March Mrs. Barrow
Warren Mitchell Giorgio
John Phillips Tom Stone
Paul Stassino Barber
Ernst Thesiger Stefano
Mavis Villiers Mrs. Coogan
Thelma D'Aguilar Mita
Henry McCarty Kennedy

Technical Credits
Jose Quintero Director
Richard Addinsell Score Composer,Songwriter
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
Bumble Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis de Rochemont Producer
Roger Furse Production Designer
Douglas Gamley Musical Direction/Supervision
Herbert Smith Art Director
John Jarvis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Gavin Lambert Screenwriter
Bob Lawrence Makeup
Jan Read Screenwriter
Paddy Roberts Songwriter
Harry Waxman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
1. Opening Night [4:24]
2. Tragedy in the Sky [2:07]
3. Credits [2:11]
4. Settled in Rome [2:27]
5. The Contessa and Paolo [6:01]
6. The Contessa and Franco [2:56]
7. Strategy [5:28]
8. Bridle Path Encounter [2:59]
9. Drifters at Dinner [4:30]
10. The Escapist [6:12]
11. Pursuit of a Great Lady [4:08]
12. Sad Eyes [2:25]
13. Wolves and Cheats [:54]
14. Very Beautiful People [2:50]
15. Desired for Myself [5:14]
16. Ridiculously Loveless [5:48]
17. Merchandise on View [5:19]
18. Negotiations [3:55]
19. Fame and Presents [4:14]
20. Conspicuous [3:59]
21. Suffering from a Disease [4:53]
22. Spectacle of Herself [4:06]
23. Where's Paolo? [2:23]
24. Left Alone [4:50]
25. Invitation [4:18]
26. Chapter 26 [5:03]

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