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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…
**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…
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,…
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…
marlon brando... soaking wet in a ripped t-shirt............. fuck
"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…
I think it's hilarious that I now have a crush on Vivien Leigh who, according to this movie, is old and hideous in natural light.
The thing about play movies are that even with acting as good as this, you need to make your abundance of dialogue feel natural and interesting in a visual medium. When that concerns a movie fundamentally centered around discussion - like 12 Angry Men - that can work. When that concerns a movie about betrayal and relationships, it starts to distract.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’m glad I’ve finally watched this film from start to finish. It’s one that won’t easily escape from one’s memory. I have to say though, compared to other classics like say, Casablanca or Gone With the Wind or Roman Holiday, I’m not sure this is something I’m keen on watching again. It’s just not a pleasant film overall, and I don’t find it to be an emotionally-gratifying film either as it’s hard to care for any of the characters. That said, it’s definitely essential viewing for cinephiles. The story is such an intriguing character study that is chock full of riveting-but-inherently-imperfect relationships.
The film ending is apparently different from the stage version. In the film, Stella no longer trusts her…
Only two films in history of the Academy Awards has won 3 out of 4 Oscars for acting, the 2 films being "A Streetcar Named Desire" and 25 years later "Network". Vivien Leigh stars in the lead role and is great once again, her performance in "Gone with the Wind" is still amongst the best I've ever seen, the Oscars win for her was once more very well deserved. Karl Malden and Kim Hunter epitomizes the word "supporting" in the way every part of acting they do enhances Leighs performance and in that way their best supporting actor wins are deserving for this film. But the performance I will remember for a very long time after seeing this film, is…
Finally saw the movie with the famous, "Stella!" and "Whoever you are, I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers." lines. Also witnessed Vivien Leigh's dramatic acting ...you know, the put the back of your hand to forehead kind. Quite a sight! Overall, great acting by all and depth in story but I didn't fall in love with this film as many have.
marlon brando is my boyfriend
stanley was so beautiful but so terrible
also is vivien leigh ethereal or what?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've read the play and have seen the movie twice. Here's how the order went:
1. Saw movie
2. Read play
3. Saw movie again
Here are some notes on the play first (SPOILERS):
Scenes 1 and 2
○ Poetic Feel
○ Music = blue piano (soulful emotion/spirit of the neighborhood)
○ "Warm breath of the river," smells of banana and coffee
○ N.O. French Quarter (no social boundaries)
○ Stanley: carries package of raw meat/"survivor of the stone age"
○ Stella: 3-5 years younger than Stanley
○ Blanche: out of place (older than Stella by 5 years)(liar)
○ Wears white (symbol of purity) moth
○ Dress hides her inner sins
○ Relies on whiskey…
"... I've always depended on the kindness of strangers."
My first in my weekend-long Marlon Brando-athon. #BRANDOTHON2K16
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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