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A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire is the film adaptation from the play by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. The film tells the drama story of the conflict between run down southern states and the exemplary industrial states in the north.
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While A Streetcar Named Desire is notably Tenessee William's play, it is most definitely Elia Kazan's film. William's play is about Blanche's inability to face the truth of her situation, and Kazan takes this basic premise and turns it into a film about the decline of melodrama and the birth of realism.
It's almost too appropriate that Vivien Leigh is the one to play Blanche DuBois, an aged Southern belle (Belle Reve could easily be another name for Terra) comes to the home of her sister, Stella, and meets her rough hunk of a husband, Stanley. While it's Leigh who represents the dying state of melodrama, Brando is the figure of realism that towers…
I had forgotten how complex this film was. I saw it some 30 years ago and did not remember much from it. When watching it now I felt like I was left with more questions than answers.
What I did get from the film is that it is about (among many things) the crashes of desires. Stella wants to please her husband and sister. Stanley wants to have respect and enjoy his life with his wife. Blanche wants to live in her fantasy world, free from her past and under the protection of her sister. These desires crash with such furiosity that no one is going to get unharmed from it. Such is life. We may believe we have full…
Sadly I have never had the pleasure of reading Tennessee Williams play let alone ever seeing it performed. After learning of the differences between play and film, I've kind of staggered a bit due to this extreme form of censorship. When I think of it, I can only envision it making the film all the better if these differences were included. But when it comes down to it, with having no previous knowledge of these drastic changes until now. I can still safely say A Streetcar Named Desire is a perfect film on its own and separate from its theater counterpart.
Rewatching this has cemented in my mind, that this film above all others is indeed Kazan's best film and…
Gripping film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the ensuing havoc when strange, unstable Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to stay with her docile sister Stella (Kim Hunter) and Stella's rough, animalistic, abusive husband Stanley (Marlon Brando).
I was genuinely taken aback by how gritty and hopeless this film is, full of characters that are confused, ignorant, hypocritical, abusive, and/or manipulative. You can practically smell the sweaty desperation and anxiety through the screen. Even though I was familiar with some of Williams's other work, I was actually expecting something romantic. Boy, was I ever wrong!
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"A Streetcar Named Desire" - 1951
Director: Elia Kazan
This 1951 film was directed by Elia Kazan, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams who co-wrote the film with Oscar Saul. All the main cast members of the film were in the original Broadway production as well which was again, directed by Elia Kazan while Vivien Leigh (who appeared in the London theatre production) was brought in instead of Jessica Tandy. A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most famous films of that era due to the performances, the play and the characters. It has achieved a classic status and frankly is…
I've grown tired of seeing women depicted as flighty, unstable, and crazy while the men get to take their turns trying to "fix" them. However, there's something different about A Streetcar Named Desire's approach to humanizing the mentally ill and their caretakers. The film concerns the rocky transition of Blanche DuBois from her southern roots to the claustrophobic urban apartment she moves into with her sister Stella. Stella's husband Stanley, played by a swoon-worthy Marlon Brando, petulantly takes their new arrangement harder than anyone else.
The story careens from one abusive situation to another with dizzying speed. The melodramatic speeches Blanche delivers about her troubles and desires are delivered with a ton of…
" I don't want realism. I want magic!" what else?
It's easy to take this canonized classic for granted, but revisiting it again was a potent reminder of what an astonishing achievement it really is. Everyone knows Tennesse Williams' masterpiece is tops, but Kazan directs the shit out of it, milking every ounce of steamy New Orleans sensuality. Vivien Leigh may literally give the greatest performance of all time, and Brando is at the height of his sexual power. Loses half a star for mucking up the very last scene.
La verdad es que la trama no me interesó mucho. Indudablemente las actuaciones son el punto fuerte, sin crítica alguna de Marlon Brando y mucho menos de Vivien Leigh, siempre con su estilo actoral tan teatral. Excelentes interpretaciones, cada uno en la piel de su personaje.
Me recordó mucho a Blue Jasmine en ocasiones.
Letter Grade: B+
"Desire" is a fuckin weird thing to name a streetcar. Just sayin'
An adaption of one of the two Tennessee Williams plays I shall be studying as part of my Advanced Higher English coursework. I watched the film before I studied the play and I must admit it took me a while to break through their strong accents. It is a wonderful film however and shows Blanche's character so well. Also, Marlon Brando is a little bit gorgeous, despite his asshole character.
The film has a brilliant screenplay on its own (based on a famous play), but thanks to a handful of explosive performances, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is elevated to even greater heights. Marlon Brando is the clear highlight here. He gives, what is in my opinion, one of the best male performances of all time, though Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden are brilliant as well. From what I've read regarding the play it seems like a lot of the more sexual parts were removed, but that is of no significance because the tension between the characters is quite strong regardless. Elia Kazan does a great job directing the film, channeling each of these elements in a drama of the highest order. Classic film.
Classic that's worth seeing for Brando's flawless and intense performance.
Good: See the birth of method acting as Brando experiences intense emotions on screen.
Bad: Tiny bit dated, characters perhaps a bit overly dramatic. Also still feels like a filmed stage production.
Rating: 8.4 / 10 (Great)
In which Brando gives the most unpleasantly sexy performance of all time.
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