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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…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
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,…
marlon brando... soaking wet in a ripped t-shirt............. fuck
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…
Vivian Leigh gives one of the best performances by an actress of all time in one of the best adapted/directed films of all time. I want to soak myself in this movie. Elia Kazan is my dad.
I loved most of all the incline in which every scene moved. The acting built up, the severity of the drama escalated, and the revelations became stranger or likelier to make an impact. This kept my interest because I always felt like I was moving towards some pay-off to drama that I'd been with from the start. I could write a large, well-written, and sexy review about the hotshot acting from all the actors, and the eerie use of music and smoky visuals. I could even write an extroverted first-year liberal arts student essay on the necessity of superficial compliments when someone is deprived of deeper human intimacy versus the harm of those compliments when they give the listener romantic expectations that real relationships embed with ugly arguments and sweaty, drunk reality. But I'm happy with this paragraph on how I liked this rollercoaster of a film!
I Don't Know What They're Saying But I Hate Stanley
marlon brando is so fucking hot in this movie but his character is a literal shitbag
Best Actress - Vivien Leigh
One of the most thematically rich films I have ever seen. Instant favorite that I can't wait to watch again.
It is the fervent battle between the theatrical psychological madness from Leigh against the cinematic wild instinct from Brando, in the intense struggle for the love and attention from STELLAAAAAAAAAAAA (Kim Hunter) who dominates this chaotic and claustrophobic stage created by Kazan. The 2theatrical narrative aside, the show here belongs to its MARVELOUS actors!
To understand the brilliance of Kazan's direction one only needs to look any other rendition or subsequent parodies of Tennessee William's play. Watch any other actor attempt to deliver the lines with as much primal sincerity as Brando. What this picture captures is a tour deforce and an historic moment in motion picture history. A caliber of performance that is both real and fantastic all at once. In the words of Blanche Dubois, "I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic." That's exactly what this film delivers.
marlon brandno please don't do that
Vivien Leigh is beautiful and gives and amazing performance and Marlon Brando makes me fall in love with him one more time. I LOVE THIS FILM.
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