The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

DVD - 2004
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American actress Karen Stone flees to Italy after a failed Broadway performance. Adding to her distress, her husband dies suddenly. Desperate and alone, Karen is introduced to Paolo, an incredibly handsome gigolo. Before long, their casual fling becomes an obsession that spirals Karen's life out of control.

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Sandrine1949 Oct 27, 2014

I am very surprised that the comments-left are so "restrained". This film, a remake of a much earlier movie, starring VivianLeigh and a very young WarrenBeatty is, to put it simply, gorgeous to view; HelenMirren's costuming is exquisite and immediately denotes the status of her character; the visuals are spectacular. I think that HelenMirren's portrait of KarenStone is very courageous, as the story is one of an older middle-aged woman, once beautiful and celebrated, who as come to a point in her life when, everything by-which she had defined herself, is now gone. She is alone in a foreign city, right-after WWII, obviously moneyed (making her a target), and very adrift. Remembering that the source-material, is from TennesseeWilliams, should signal the viewer to be patient and to allow the story, which is character-driven, to grab-hold of its audience. Although I fully accept that this is a "women's movie"... and probably for older female viewers at that, I still highly recommend this film , for its very interesting story, its visual impact and the center-performance of HelelnMirren.... and I wonder, while making this film, if this great actress ever felt that the story cut "close to the bone"... as if she could possibly be portraying a person... in some respects. she herself, might someday become. I should think that it would have been difficult for HM to entirely distance herself from the character she is beautifully portraying.

7duffy Aug 16, 2014

Story about a middle-aged woman. Movie for middle-aged women. Helen Mirren is the only redeeming feature. 1950's cars were pretty cool, though.

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copythomp
Dec 11, 2013

A real bomb. 25 minutes go by before Helen Mirren remembers that she can act. Olivier Martinez can't act at all, and his Italian accent is so fake, his delivery forcefully over-enunciated, and his persona so humorless, I couldn't believe any woman would tolerate him for more than 5 minutes, let alone in an affair that drags on and on and on... A miscast Anne Bancroft faxes in the worst acting of her career. She isn't remotely plausible as an Italian. Maybe only the late Anna Magnani could have redeemed the role of lady pimp, but would she have wanted to?

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badgirls
Nov 11, 2013

This film is about desperation, exploitation and hatred-not for the faint of heart. The film looks at the decline of an aging American actress, Karen Stone, in Rome during the 1950's. After her husband dies she decided to stay on and begins affairs with younger men. She meets a handsome young gigolo and becomes obsessed with him. These men are procured for her by a countess. Helen Mirren has the main role with Anne Bancroft in her last role as the countess/pimp. To Karen Stone, her husband was her anchor even though they had a sexless marriage and now she is adrift. It doesn't seen to matter to her that her new circle of "friends" are all after her money, are probably fascists and supported Mussolini during the war. There are undercurrents of anti-americanism, resentment and hatred directed towards Stone because of the death and destruction in Italy during the war by the American forces. Can't really describe this film as "enjoyable" but good performances and great 50's clothes.

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badgirls
Nov 11, 2013

badgirls thinks this title is suitable for 50 years and over

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raghoud87
Nov 20, 2011

raghoud87 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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raghoud87
Nov 20, 2011

Sexual Content: Sexual content and nudity.

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