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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.
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.
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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…
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…
Film #3 of For Asif Activity by Robert Beksinski
"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…
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!
Chalk it up to me not being in the right mood, but I found myself frequently distracted while watching this classic. Brando and Leigh are fantastic in their roles, but something about the film just didn't sit right with me. Normally I'd conclude the film just hasn't aged so well, but based on the overwhelming praise it still receives I must assume that I'm just not watching it right.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter
Hey Stella! This cry of Brando made me tremble, really! Marlon Brando plays, what is to be considered one of finest performances in the history of cinema at mere age of 27 years, as Stanley Kowalski. Vivien Leigh plays the character, which she played countless times on stages, as Blanche DuBois. It is a film that has churned out as much of acting talent from the actors as possible, and that was what the film needed actually. We start to find out, how much some people hide so much truth inside, and come-up with make-believe lies to convince others to either like them or…
If Citizen Kane marks a demarcation line for films both in terms of narrative construction and cinematography, then A Streetcar Named Desire sets a demarcation line for acting.
It's quite possible that Marlon Brando's performance in Elia Kazan's 1951 production of the Tennessee Williams classic, while not the greatest performance in cinematic history (it's arguable whether or not it's even Brando's best performance), maybe the most important performance in cinematic history, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. It provides exposure to method acting, a whole new school of thought that was slowly replacing staged melodrama in both the theater and cinema at the time. Without this performance, it's certain that the great actors to follow would be a…
Brando's best role.
Stella! Classic case of Hollywood-implied-syndrome.
Really showed why Marlon Brando is considered a giant in film history. Show is full of well known actors and Brando acted circles around all of them. 3 stars just because I thought everyone else overacted.
En la peli exponen a la perfección la dinamica de amor y odio que se da en relaciones en las que hay violencia de por medio!!! Excelente pelicula y critica
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Black and White is the way to go. Nothing looks more mysterious and vibrant as a black and white film. Reduced to just two colors or visuals, you can tell that the production is that much more advanced.
Anyway, on to Streetcar. This is Brando's film. Without Marlon Brando as Stanley, I would not have liked this film nearly as much. He is phenomenal and will definitely be a character that I will never forget. The one thing I like about older films is you get to attempt to look at them through the eyes of someone seeing it from that time. This would have been a very controversial film I'm sure. Homosexuality, rape, and a cougar. These subjects, mostly…
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