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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…
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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…
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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…
After recently watching Elia Kazan's classic, On the Waterfront, I made it a point to get to his critically acclaimed multi Oscar winner A Streetcar Named Desire. It's a film that holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins in three of the four acting categories. Vivien Leigh won for Best Actress, Karl Malden for Best Supporting Actor, and Kim Hunter won for Best Supporting Actress. Suprisingly the films biggest star Marlon Brando was nominated but did not win. I'd like to see what he was up against because he was fantastic. The acting overall is some of the best I've seen from the era. Normally I have issues with the acting in films from the forties and fifties because…
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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…
How funny of me to think that this would be a romance movie. Ha-Ha
(sighs and re-thinks about Blanche again)
The latest episode of MDH being unimpressed by a classic. Thought this betrayed its status as a theatrical adaptation too much in the first hour, but in the second hour it certainly picked up in terms of feeling like something that merited cinematic treatment. The main set functioned nicely throughout with its windows to the crowded street (with only intermittently-slatted shutters to cover them) and little separation inside beyond curtains and windows serving as a reflection of the intrusion of various lives on those of others and the impossibility of escape, but a lot of the metaphors in play elsewhere seemed a bit heavy-handed. Liked how Brando played Stanley in a lower-key as this approached the ending, with the smug…
Not as good as the first time watch, but still marvelous. Vivien Leigh gives a performance like any other. Might be the greatest female Academy Award winning performance I've ever seen.
A Streetcar Named Desire, a classic, feels still fresh and moving while being an in-depth dual character study. The juxtaposition of Stanley's perceptions about masculinity and Blanches opposite feelings about her own gender makes for an extremely interesting film on many levels.
Marlon Brando is obviously amazing in his first major role and one where he changed the definition of an actor for everyone. He gives a standout performance in a startlingly good cast (Leigh, playing the protagonist, is also exceptional) and practically invented method acting, or at least started the ball rolling, in one film.
Kazan does a fine job transforming the stage play to be a cinematic film. The small claustrophobic house is portrayed very well and you…
eu li umas reviews depois de assistir e aparentemente esse filme é uma metáfora pro sul e norte dos EUA? como eu sou burra e nao peguei nada disso só achei a história chata mesmo
duas estrelas e meia pois é o número de camisas que marlon brando rasga no filme
all i can remember is ppl being sad and marlon brando screamin
I've seen a couple of Marlon Brando flicks by now, but each time I watch a new one it's like he's a real new revelation to me. Like I hadn't watched this kind of presence and force in a film before. That's why I think he's the greatest actor of all time.
hey STELLAAAAAA. Really really enjoyed this one!!!
Fucking hell Brando is built
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