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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.
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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…
After recently watching Elia Kazan's classic, On the Waterfront, I made it a point to get to his critically acclaimed multi Oscar winner A Streetcar Named Desire. It's a film that holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins in three of the four acting categories. Vivien Leigh won for Best Actress, Karl Malden for Best Supporting Actor, and Kim Hunter won for Best Supporting Actress. Suprisingly the films biggest star Marlon Brando was nominated but did not win. I'd like to see what he was up against because he was fantastic. The acting overall is some of the best I've seen from the era. Normally I have issues with the acting in films from the forties and fifties because…
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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…
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!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A phenomenal adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play with amazing performances from Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. However, I wish they had included the part of the play where Blanche goes into more detail about the death of her husband, but I understand that it was not included because of taboo nature of homosexuality in the 1950's.
Rating: — Not For Me
A Streetcar Named Please Vacate Our Apartment
It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the film. How could I fail to enjoy Marlon Brando when he fills the screen by the simmering ferocity of his performance. It was just that this was a play simply put to film, and a rigid one at that.
Brilliant adaptation! It's a tease to see the little bits of New Orleans outside of the apartment, but this film really shows the confinement of the space that Blanche feels.
Marlon Brando has such an imposing and magnetic presence all at once.
Poker should not be played in a house with women.
This was the first young Brando film I watched years ago and it has come to be one of my favorites. The first time I watched it I was confused by Vivien Leigh's performance because she was so over the top. I honestly thought she wasn't a very good actress, but when I watched it again when I was older (and actually understood the plot) I realized the genius of her acting. She allows you to become the character of Blanche and creates a mystic, fearful quality to the film. Upon my first viewing, I also thought Brando's character was the "good guy" who was just trying to help Blanche, but as I grew up understood how disrespectful his character is towards others. 'Streetcar' is definitely of of those "ahead of its time" films and will always be a favorite.
Brando pulling off a fantastic kickstart to his great career. Scarlett O'hara batshit crazy. My god, this movie is great. The filth you see in this neighborhood makes you feel filthy, too. The lightning and camerawork and art direction are all top notch. Kazan is an underrated God.
Vivien Leigh owns this film. She is just stunning as the troubled Blanche. Perfect infact. The films tension starts slowly and builds terrifically resulting in the tragic ending. Marlon Brando is just beautiful, but seriously his voice is annoying, he sounds like he has a bad throat infection. But for me the film is all about Leigh.
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