The Florida Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada features The Rose Tattoo for November’s Midweek Matinees. Movies are shown in the new state-of-the-art 4K theater on the first Wednesday of each month. This first year will feature movies made in or about the Keys, and will include a historical introduction by the Discovery Center’s Historian/Curator Brad Bertelli or Historian Jerry Wilkinson.
The Wednesday, Nov. 4, movie is The Rose Tattoo, written by Tennessee Williams who lived in Key West and starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster. It is an adaptation of a Williams play, created in 1954.
As for the play’s name, Shirrel Rhoades, a syndicated film critic in Key West, shared that Williams had a sister named Rose.
The film was quite a success. Magnani won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Rose Tattoo. It also won Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography and received five other nominations including Best Picture and Best Supporting actress. Much of the film was shot on location in Key West. The house featured in the film stands to this day and is known, appropriately, as the Rose Tattoo House.
The premiere of the movie Dec. 2, 1955 was held at the Hotel Astor in New York, with Arthur Miller, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield among other celebrities in attendance.
Here is a synopsis: An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period of years draws more and more into herself, trying to force her lovely teenaged daughter Rosa to do likewise. On one eventful day, Rose finally breaks away; Serafina learns of Rosario’s affair with another woman; and a new carefree, handsome Italian truck driver enters her life.
The enter opens at 1:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 2 p.m. Popcorn, candy, water and soda available for purchase.
Other movies in the monthly schedule include PT 109, Running Scared, True Lies, African Queen, Tomorrow Never Dies, Cuba Crossing and Hoot. The monthly matinee series debuted in October to a modest but appreciative audience who saw Key Largo, starring Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. Wilkinson described the setting of the Key Largo Inn, calling special attention to the dock, all of which was Hollywood-created in a studio. The real dock at the real inn was much more modest, he said.
Centennial Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Midweek Matinee series.
Members of the Keys History & Discovery Center are $5. Cost for non-members is $10. More information is available at 305-922-2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Discovery Center is in Islamorada, mile marker 82 oceanside, located at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost. The Center is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13-under are free.