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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.
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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…
Can´t you hear me yella?
You´re puttin´ me through hella!
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…
Only got better at a 2nd viewing.
Damn Vivien Leigh performance was incredible.
It's one of those movies you must watch, even if it is just to say you have. I didn't fully enjoy/understood it the 1st time I did, but I love it now.
Can´t you hear me yella?
You´re puttin´ me through hella!
Loved the sweaty, jazzy and smokey atmosphere and the stylised acting. I didn't realise how camp this was going to be though, what with Marlon Brando dropping his clothes at every opportunity, jizzing beer all over himself and all this talk of sticky, sweaty clothes and Vivien Leigh as Blanche who'd make Baby Jane appear demure in comparison!
"Poker should not be played in a house with women."
I was reading a book by Richard Yates, you see- and in that his characters stage this play after expressing their admiration for the broadway show. I hadn't known this movie was based on a play until then. The few lines mentioned ("I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told") got me hooked.
Expected Marlon Brando to sound different. One wouldn't associate his build with that voice. I also kept thinking of Cate Blanchett, what with 'Blanche' Dubouis and her Blue Jasmine-style afflictions. Come to think of it, Bobby Cannavale can fill in for Brando too.
Brando in his hey-day.
A brilliant adaptation of a beautiful play that manages to keep all the heart and subtlety without losing any of the drama provided on the stage.
The #47 film on the American Film Institute Top 100 movies is A Streetcar Named Desire starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando and released in 1951. This was to be the first young Marlon Brando film for me (the earliest film of his I had seen before this was from 1972), and I have heard so much about his method acting that I was excited to see him in a role where I could actually understand him when he spoke. I was also already familiar with this American Classic written by Tennessee Williams, so this was a film I always knew I needed to watch, but just hadn't made the time for.
The film opens with Blanche DuBois (Leigh) arriving…
One of very few plays I like better on screen. But then this thing is pretty flawless, if disturbing in the right way.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a tense, moody, dark, but incredibly well acted film. One that gets under your skin, haunting you. Based on the Tenessee Williams play, the film brings to life these highly damaged characters in New Orleans to life in a way that feels rather ahead of its time. It always impresses me to see a film like this, and compare it to when it was made, and you can see just how different it was for its time.
The way the play deals with rape, relationships, murder, and so much more in this seems remarkably taboo in the time it was made. The 50s are so close to the Leave it to Beaver and…
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