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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…
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!
Having finally seen this film, it only seems obvious that Marlon Brando would go on to become (arguably) the greatest film actor of all time. He embodies the character of Stanley with such intensity. He moves, acts, speaks, and reacts like an animal. He's brutish and wild and has torn more shirts than the Hulk. But look at the things he does to Stella. When I saw him absentmindedly pick some lint off her shirt, I was fascinated. And after Brando screams the infamous "Stella! Hey, Stella!", his wife (portrayed by Kim Hunter) physically surrenders herself to him. Captivating performances by lead Viven Leigh as Blanche DuBois and Karl Malden as her prospective husband Mitch are also superbly done.
This is a truly amazing film.
Visually Kazan sets creates a moody atmosphere with harsh contrast. His emphasis on shadows and the well use of lighting created tension, mystery, and emotion. Each scene is set up like a photo, with interesting angles, and lighting that capture the emotion and personality. Kazan's flow from scene to scene moves so flawlessly. Additionally, the score and sounds he uses adds to the drama of the film. This film is a piece of art.
Furthermore the acting is brilliant. Marlon Brando's mysterious character who transitions bipolarly from a best to a loveable character with good intentions, which is why the ending is so unexpected. Additionally Blanche played by Vivien Leigh is a dynamic character…
Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is confronted by reality. Highly recommended.
I only had two pieces of knowledge going into this film. One, an early performance of Marlon Brando. Unfortunately, I’m only familiar with his work in The Godfather and on up, so I was excited to see his much-talked-about method style of acting. Second, the famous line of, “Stella!” which I often relate to Elaine being doped up on pain medication at Del Boca Vista on Seinfeld. This movie has been hailed as one of the finest works of ensemble acting, which in reality, came off as rather unbalanced to me. I absolutely have no qualms about black or white films or the over-the-top style of acting that you find in them at times, but I was shocked that so…
Una joya del cine de la época de oro de Hollywood. Un Marlon Brando auténtico, jóven y hermoso. Única.
I hope I wake up looking like Marlon Brando tomorrow.
Nota = 9,5
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