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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.
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…
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…
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!
I've grown tired of seeing women depicted as flighty, unstable, and crazy while the men get to take their turns trying to "fix" them. However, there's something different about A Streetcar Named Desire's approach to humanizing the mentally ill and their caretakers. The film concerns the rocky transition of Blanche DuBois from her southern roots to the claustrophobic urban apartment she moves into with her sister Stella. Stella's husband Stanley, played by a swoon-worthy Marlon Brando, petulantly takes their new arrangement harder than anyone else.
The story careens from one abusive situation to another with dizzying speed. The melodramatic speeches Blanche delivers about her troubles and desires are delivered with a ton of…
One of the best acted movies ever, Marlon Brando is brought into the spotlight and so is method acting. Haunting and chilling, this Southern Gothic Tale based of the genius writer's (Tennessee Williams) play, this well-directed piece is not one to miss.
With apologies to Ms. Leigh, this one is really all about Brando, whose performance, despite influencing the craft for over half a century, still feels revolutionary and almost dangerous.
"I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be the truth."
Wow, Miss Vivian Leigh, you have absolutely floored me. What an amazing performance. Her facial expressions just screams emotions and can tell such an amazing story. I can't believe how enthralled I was, each and every time. It almost made me to want less of Marlon Brando, which is kind of crazy. Hell, it made me want less of Karl Malden as well, which is ever crazier!
At times it even starts to feel like a horror movie, and I'm half expecting Leigh to go Psycho on…
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Brando's introduction is one of the wildest, most sexually tense scenes I've seen in a film... and this is the fifties, for fuck's sake! Leigh does great at depicting a woman on the edge, with one foot dangling off... her descent into madness easily makes this an essential. And Brando, as previously mentioned. Oh, Stanley...
Man, Brando is superb in this. Five stars just for that.
I've heard of bringing a play from the stage to the screen, but if anyone was involved in a major production of this Tennessee Williams drama around this time, then he or she is involved in this film, although this particular interpretation of Blanche DuBois may be a little too recognizable even to people who didn't see this play during its early runs. Vivien Leigh returns to being an abused, somewhat disturbed southern belle in "Gone With the Wind II: The Oppressive Man Strikes Back, Because the Only Way He Knows to Settle Issues is Through Violence"! Man, this film's actual title is awesome, but that title I just made up better fits the obvious feminist themes about this woman…
It is what it is.
Not sure why I wasn't anticipating this to be as dark as it is. Vivien Leigh is really something in this.
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