The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Karen Stone (Vivien Leigh) is a middle aged former actress who moves to Rome after the death of her wealthy husband. The lonely widow is fawned over by a series of men seeking a short cut to the good life. Contessa (Lotte Lenya) is the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The disappointing pic is right in Vivian Leigh's wheel-house, as she inhabits her aging and fading beauty character to the fullest and gives a superb performance.

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Mark Bourne

The prose is so purple and the tone so overripe that ... what wants to be mature, sensual romance-novel boilerplate becomes instead a plodding exercise in intriguingly cast camp.

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Emanuel Levy

As the aging actress, Vivien Leigh is good but Warren Beatty is miscast as the gigolo in this weak screen adaptation of Tennessee William's novella.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The tagline says that they called it love and it was for sale, to which the appropriate response is that one hopes they kept the receipt.

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Kevin M. Williams
Very nearly a comedy in the same vein as Reefer Madness, this cautionary tale told to keep older women from even considering younger men is exaggerated to the… More
Stefanie C
A very real side of Roman life is shown in this film ~ love for sale. In the train station or on the beaches of Ostia, the ragazzi barter with male or female… More