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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…
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Three of the four stars here earned Academy Awards for their performances: Vivien Leigh for Best 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,…
marlon brando... soaking wet in a ripped t-shirt............. fuck
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…
"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…
It feels like a theater show most of the time, but a great one. The desire here feels real and it burns the screen. Kazan and Brando bring a new style of acting and make a revolution.
הסרט מרגיש רוב הזמן כמו הצגת תיאטרון מצולמת, אבל הצגה יוצאת דופן באיכותה בכל הנוגע לפיענוח של המחזה והעבודה עם השחקנים. התשוקה שבכותרת נוכחת כאן בעוצמה מדהימה וחורכת את המסך. קזאן וברנדו מביאים סוג חדש ומרענן של משחק למסך ומייצרים מהפכה.
I loved reading the play and I love Brando so I was primed to love this going in. It was far from perfect although the look was there and most of the actors were spot-on. I couldn't help but feel Vivien Leigh was a bit out of place and some of her monologues had me tuning out slightly.
I made sure to read the script for the stage before seeing this. Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski are such legendary characters; I wanted to see how the actors would characterize them in ways I didn't imagine on my own.
In my head while reading the script beforehand, of course the world is totally grounded in that 21st century indie film kind of way. But, given that the play was written in an age of Hollywood la-la land with Tennessee Williams' rather poetic style, I can understand why the performances and the whole thing in general felt a bit over the top at times.
That said, I stuck around and found myself pleasantly surprised at the ways Leigh and Brando…
i watched this for the first time after reading the play for school. it was good!!! very good. i think it did the play complete justice. it wasn't exactly the same as the play but anything that was changed worked very well!!! especially the ending. also stanley kowalski can catch these hands
Vivian Leigh is amazing ❤️
She carries the movie with her elegance and incredibility, not to take anything away from the others, Marlon and Kim did a great job also.
me: *sits down to write A Serious Review of a streetcar named desire*
me: the things i want 1950's marlon brandon to do to my body are likely illegal in every country
One name: Vivien Leigh... That means a lot knowing that Marlon Brando is in the same movie... You just can't keep your eyes off her, brilliant performance, brilliant actress!
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