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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…
Finally I can cross this classic of my 'to watch-list', and it completely lived up to my high expectations. Appropriate film to watch on the international women's day. Vivian Leigh is glorious as the incredibly interesting and fascinating character of Blanche DuBois. I can definitely understand now why so many people referenced "Streetcar" when speaking of "Blue Jasmine".
claustrophobic, wonderfully acted, complex portrayal of each character. Just a great film that you really want to sink your teeth into. Blanche is a character that quietly digs her way right under your skin throughout the film. In the end she had an unrelenting grip around my heart.
An eerie Southern noir, with a hauntingly entrancing score, filled with characters of richly ambiguous motives and hopeless desires.
An incredible film that still feels fresh.
An outstanding film with an outstanding cast. One of the best classic films ever made. A true great and a true masterpiece
Ham & cheese and then some. Most clunkily delivered story ever?
I love this movie so much. The mood of it is amazing; the score, the lighting, the sound design, obviously the amazing performances from Leigh and Brando. Just the pinnacle of this kind of filmed stage-play for me. Brando plays an emotional, stupid prick so well. "Now we got here in the state of Louisiana what's known as the Napoleonic code!"
Streetcar is a film that quickly feels like it is based on a play. It contains a thin narrative, and is mostly a character study of sorts. Of course, Elia Kazan was (in my opinion) one of the best character-based directors of the time. So it's only natural that while there is minimal plot here, the performances are impressive.
I've always heard how great this film is, and while it is impressive, it seemed like there were only brief spells of true greatness. Most of these moments were a character revelation or a scene that moved something forward. That said, if you like a slowly-building character drama, this is certainly as good as they get.
A lot of the movies I've revisited lately have been very disappointing, but Streetcar is much better than I remember. Subtle, nuanced, rich in subtext, believable, and intelligent. Kazan does a great job of keeping it intimate without seeming like a stageplay. He makes it smaller and more intimate than a play (IMDB says the sets gets smaller as the film goes on). Great movie! Adapted by Oscar Saul (Major Dundee) from Tennessee Williams.
Dir. Elia Kazan, starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. 122 minutes.
Outstanding drama about a woman (Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind), unable to accept reality, who moves in with her sister (Kim Hunter, Planet of the Apes) and clashes with her brother-in-law (Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront, The Godfather). Also playing a significant role is Karl Malden, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role and was later nominated for another in On the Waterfront.
Based on a Tennessee Williams play (Williams also wrote the screenplay), the picture also won Oscars for Best Actress (Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Hunter), and was nominated for eight others, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.…
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