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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!
The more I see it the more complex the characters are, the more in-depth the story is. It's the definition of a masterpiece, films that never change from repeat viewings or seem only amazing the first time are not really masterpieces IMO. There's a difference between a simply great or very good film and an all time great. A Streetcar Named Desire has some of the greatest performances in the history of films and I don't just mean one or two performances I mean every single performance in the film. It involves one of the most realistic and intense subjects and some of the best cinematography and direction. Watch it again and again as it is a true masterpiece and not just a film that is impressive the first time and stays same son.
Jesus Christ Brando, where you been all my life......
Acting is great although a bit over-the-top given its origins. This movie hits hard against the real problem of violence against women. I knew very little about the story, and was surprised to learn how much it parallels Blue Valentine. I was hesitant to watch the movie given it was a theater production, which can often feel forced to be put onto the screen. However, Elia Kazan works with the material well to adapt into a more visual medium. Also my obligatory "STELLA!"
brando's arms could cradle me any time
With "A Streetcar Named Desire", Tennessee Williams created a masterpiece, a gripping portrayal of a woman reduced to a psychological disaster due to the brutish nature of masculine social constructs. Watching the desperately duplicitous Blanche unravel is unreal, largely due to the tour de force performance from Vivian Leigh, and the supporting cast is nearly as impressive. The focus on Brando's abusive Stanley rounds out the film's study of dichotomies, ultimately bringing about a collision of different worlds, a struggle between alluring artifice and brutal reality. It's iconic piece of cinematic history, a near perfect melodrama with plenty to say.
Χάρτινο το φεγγαράκι, ψεύτικη ακρογιαλιά... Αν με πίστευες λιγάκι, θα'σαν όλα αληθινά...
Everyone in this movie just needs to relax and talk about their issues.
Some thoughts on Marlon Brando:
Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire is the epitome of raw talent. His layered and violently visceral performance of Stanley Kowalski is one for the ages as he swaggers and stumbles his way through the film. He goes toe to toe with Vivian Leigh and Kim Hunter and it's impossible to look away as he swings from charisma to rage to regret and back again. It's no wonder that everyone in Hollywood stood up and took notice of him after this film - he breathed life into writer Tennessee Williams' villain in a way that made him magnetic, deplorable, pitiable; and, most of all, truly memorable.
A timeless film directed very well and includes wonderful performances from the entire cast especially Marlon Brando who ironically was the only on in the cast who failed to win the Oscar for his performance
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