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A Streetcar Named Desire
...Blanche, who wanted so much to stay a lady...
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. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
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…
Film #25 of 25 in the Exploring My Birth Year challenge
Three of the four stars here earned Academy Awards for their performances: Vivien Leigh for Beast Leading Actress as Blanche Dubois, who is gradually succumbing to madness; Kim Hunter for Best Supporting Actress as her pregnant sister Stella; and Karl Malden for Best Supporting Actor as Blanche's erstwhile boyfriend Mitch, torn between his desires and sensibilities.
Only Marlon Brando, who was nominated for Best Leading Actor, failed to come up with an Oscar, but it certainly wasn't for lack of character. He plays Stella's crude but honest husband Stanley Kowalski. In fact, Brando nails the role and shows a wonderfully volatile nature in his second feature appearance,…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
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…
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…
"Now that's how I'm gonna clear the table."
Classic in every sense of the word. Brando is impeccable, to no one's surprise. Interesting to see his new age method acting clashing with Leigh's more classical theatrical acting style. Normally that might be jarring, but the two characters work really well under the different styles. There are some changes here from the play that definitely are odd (most noticeably, Stella leaving Stanley at the end.) but overall it's still a fantastic adaptation. Kazan's direction is excellent as well. The black and white cinematography and chiaroscuro lighting look absolutely wonderful. This is a film to soak in. I look forward to revisiting it.
"I thought you were straight."
"Straight? What's 'straight'? A line can be straight, or a street. But the heart of a human being?"
Tell me about it, sweetie.
I tried writing a review for a solid thirty minutes and nothing came to mind, so I'm leaving you with that gay joke up there, and a bullet list of random, disorganized thoughts because for some reason I cannot currently coherently string them together:
- Holy shit this movie is dark. Especially considering it's a 1950s Hollywood movie. Damn.
- This thing has got a remarkable atmosphere. Really. I've never been to New Orleans, let alone New Orleans in the 1950s, so I cannot comment on how accurate the feel of the…
A tad bit overrated.
Uncomfortable to sit though, intentionally of course, one of those films that just drains you and leaves you unfulfilled. Superb acting BUT GOD DAMN ITS EVIL. Shout out to Marlon for making tight t-shirts a staple of fashion tho
To date, this is my third movie based off of Tennessee Williams's work. I would call him an "acquired" taste, but my issue is more that his prose works in specific contexts. Even then, I can find myself growing bored of the fanciful language and flamboyant deliveries. To some extent, I admire what he did because, frankly, I haven't seen a bad performance in the bunch. There's a reason that there's been a ton of Oscar nominations for acting between these three films (the others being Suddenly Last Summer, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). I get why he was so popular - especially dealing with such scandalous subjects - but is it enough to have a defined voice?…
nice n hot like
There's easily enough wonderful elements here to make it clear why this won so many awards and has maintained an excellent reputation to this day, but while I was impressed by each of those things individually - Marlon Brando smashing his way through everything, the gorgeous cinematography, New Orleans atmosphere - it wasn't quite enough to keep my interest in the story, which is exactly the kind of over-the-top melodrama that I struggle to enjoy.
The main problem I had is that there are parts of the story I was really interested by - Stella and Stanley's love / hate relationship, mainly - but they seem to get sidelined over time as Blanche's interminable relationship with Mitch takes over the…
Truly a spectacular film. It just pulses with mad energy throughout, with drama so thick you can not only taste it, but have it for dinner. Kazan directs the hell out of it, making sure to capture every moment exactly right. Marlon Brando may be the one I'm supposed to be impressed by, but I just *love* Vivien Leigh in this. Just a terrific performance. Of course, this wouldn't be half the film it is without the dialogue, which is on fire. It's all very over the top and artificial, but I just get immense pleasure out of it.
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Marlon Brando is the personification of primal sex in this.
This is the film that makes you fall in LUST with him.
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