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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.
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…
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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…
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 understood every other line out of Brando's mouth. This hold up better than On The Waterfront for me; prefer its lurid story to Kazan's sermonizing.
Brando's iconic tight T-shirt had to be made specially, as one could not buy fitted T-shirts at the time; a regular T-shirt was bought, washed several times and its back was sewn in order to tighten it for Brando.
The outbreak of modern acting. Stretching from the melancholian performances directly from the Broadway stage, to the bad boy, cold-shouldered appearance and attitude of Marlon Brando. The movie was rewarded with 4 Oscars, 3 of them for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Marlon Brando was only nominated for maybe history's most important role. A movie balancing on the edge of a knife that cuts film noir right open. Entertaining, awe-inspiring and important.
Titanic performances, and a knock-out killer score. Stellaaa!
Vista en el cine club de Santana. Una de mis película favoritas.
'Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.'
With it's small but talented cast and its utter control of atmosphere and emotion, Streetcar stands out as both heartbreaking and mesmerising in equal measure. Carried by its four main performances, each of which is devastating in its own way, Elia Kazan brings Tennessee Williams' play to the big screen without overwhelming it. There is a stagy feel which doesn't compromise the cinematic qualities, and the adaptation doesn't lose anything crucial in jumping from the stage onto the screen.
Vivien Leigh's Blanche is haunting and compelling, with her airy, twinkly facade hiding a tragic and shocking depth. Leigh feels constantly on edge, and her slender vulnerability makes her…
Ahead of its time in terms of story. The last 45 minutes and Marlon Brando make this a must see. Also employs one of the best soundtracks in a film of this time.
we watched this in class after reading the play and one girl said she was a little disappointed in it because she had expected vivien leigh to sound more like me
It has been a long a time since I desired to watch this film . I didn't even knew what the film was about , but the name of it 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is so beautiful , so deeply interesting that I had to watch this film! How can a film's name be so beautiful? I don't know .
Great performances by Marlon Brando ( who acts like a perfect lubber or like the typical husband of that time - I can even say that I think this performance is better than 'On the waterfront' ) .and by Vivien Leigh (who fooled me until the end of the fist half of the film , making me think that she…
Really suggestive, potent, and intense, A Streetcar Named Desire by Elia Kazan, based on the celebrated play by Tennessee Williams, is an equally celebrated Hollywood classic that has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the greatest films of its time. Being Marlon Brando's first noted starring role, this film marked the beginning of his status as a legend of screen acting. His performance was splendid, and equally great were Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden.
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