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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 watched this straight after reading the play, and as an adaptation, it is fantastic. One of the best play-to-film adaptations I've seen. I didn't think the content of the play was particularly great, but expected it to be a great vehicle for strong performances. Marlon Brando undeniably delivers. Unfortunately I couldn't stand Vivien Leigh's interpretation of Blanche, as she removes the brilliantly jittery, on-edge delivery that featured so heavily in the text, instead choosing quite a sedate, exhausted demeanour, with a questionable accent. Unluckily she's the main character, so it really brought the film down.
one of the most progressive old hollywood movies i've ever watched; williams really gets it re: the female experience, not to mention that of queer and mentally ill people. add to that it's beautifully written and performed and directed. A
A Streetcar Named Desire is a film that has went down in history not just for being such a strong piece of work but because of how its censorship and edits worked against it. Before its release in 1951, the censorship board was strongly worried about the risks the film took and decided to cut out little snippets of dialog and shorten conversations that wouldn't ostensibly derail the film in a drastic way. What occurred was the audience was given less of an insight as to the motivations of the characters and what the film in turn lacked were key subtleties that defined the characters in a much richer, more specific form. The first time these cuts were reinstated and…
The film is so ridiculously melodramatic, the characters so frustratingly annoying that I just didnt care anymore. For a film meant to be grounded in a realistic environment, the characters play their part so over the top that I felt I was watching a soap opera rather than a critically-renowned classic.
Blue Jasmine did a much better job with it.
Hot, dark, and steamy,
This is how Brando became
A star. Fantastic!
"You can always depend on the kindness of strangers
To pluck up your spirits, and shield you from dangers
A stranger's just a friend you haven't met"
Every character in this film was a bit insane...I thought Stanley was actually pretty sane until the last thirty minutes and always suspected that Blanche was definitely going senile. I wouldn't really call Stella insane but more blinded by the raw, domineering energy of Stanley.
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