The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is a 1961 British romantic drama film made by Seven Arts-Warner Bros.[1][2][3] It was directed by José Quintero and produced by Louis de Rochemont with Lothar Wolff as associate producer. The screenplay was written by Gavin Lambert and Jan Read and based on the novel by Tennessee Williams. The music score was by Richard Addinsell and the cinematography by Harry Waxman.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Film poster
Directed byJosé Quintero
Produced byLouis de Rochemont
Lothar Wolff
Written byGavin Lambert
Jan Read
StarringVivien Leigh
Warren Beatty
Lotte Lenya
Jill St. John
Coral Browne
Music byRichard Addinsell
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byRalph Kemplen
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Warner Bros. Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 28 December 1961 (1961-12-28)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

This was the only theatrically-released film directed by José Quintero.[4]


Karen Stone (Vivien Leigh), an acclaimed American stage actress, and her businessman husband are off on holiday to Rome. On the plane, her husband suffers a fatal heart attack. Karen decides to stay in Italy and rent a luxury apartment in Rome. The Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales (Lotte Lenya) soon introduces her to a young Italian man, Paolo (Warren Beatty), who is actually a highly paid professional gigolo. Karen and Paolo begin an affair, but it soon becomes obvious that Paolo is in it only for personal gain. He is soon bored by Mrs. Stone and leaves her to pursue a young American film actress (Jill St. John). Ridiculed by the Contessa, chastised by her friend Meg (Coral Browne) and abandoned by Paolo, Mrs. Stone is soon utterly debased enough to surrender herself to a ragged, mysterious young man who has been following her obsessively. In the end, it seems as if Mrs. Stone has literally given up her life.


Awards and nominations

Lotte Lenya was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

2003 version

In 2003, an Emmy-award-winning made-for-cable version was produced for Showtime Networks starring Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, and Olivier Martinez.

See also


  1. "Variety". 6 December 1961. p. 6. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. "Harrison's Reports". 25 November 1961. p. 186. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  3. "Monthly Film Bulletin". 1962. p. 36. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. Erickson, Hal. "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)". New York Times.
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