A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her
Sep 19, 1951 Limited
May 18, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures
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...Kazan achieves a sort of theatrical intensity in which the sweaty realism sometimes clashes awkwardly with the stylisation that heightens the dialogue into a kind of poetry.
Inner torments are seldom projected with such sensitivity and clarity on the screen.
The camera has done greater justice to the Williams play, catching the nuances and reflected tragedy with an intimacy that is so vital in a story of this type.
Brando's performance as Stanley is one of those rare screen legends that are all they're cracked up to be.
... a Hollywood landmark, both for pushing the envelope of subject matter allowed on screen by the censors and for showcasing the more naturalistic "method" approach to performance ...
Starring Brando and Vivien Leigh, Kazan's screen version of Williams' masterpiece is the best film made out of the playwright's theaterical work.
Has a permanent place amongst the classics, not only for the performances but for Tennessee Williams' raw writing about people raw with pain, fear, longing and complicated feelings
Between them Kasan, Brando and Leigh take all the blood, sweat and tears of Williams' text and create one of the most potent productions of the post-war years.
The blistering sexual repression is the entire point of the 1950s. Quite simply, fabulous.
The film is perhaps best regarded as an intelligent and engaged recreation of the original Broadway experience, in which Jessica Tandy first played the role. There's no denying the awful horror and pity of the final scene.
it's a close-to-definitive example of how to make a great play work on film, for all the very slight air of Hollywood compromise.
Simply a masterful adap of Tennessee Williams' sultry, searing play and an affirmation of Marlon Brando's acting genius.
A Streetcar Named Desire features some of the finest ensemble acting ever offered on the screen, speaking some Williams's most vivid dialogue.
The classic adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, featuring one of Marlon Brando's legendary performances.
That melancholy we feel as it closes is a mourning for me that I'll never be able to see this film again for the first time--and that I'll never be able to appreciate any film that came before it without the stain of it in my perception.
Brando pulls off astonishing things as Stanley Kowalski, and Vivien Leigh gives a performance that must have taken everything she had as Blanche DuBois.
Audience Reviews for A Streetcar Named Desire
- Blanche Dubois: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
- Stanley Kowalski: Stella! Hey, Stella!
- Blanche Dubois: Tell us a funny little story stanley, somthing to help us out.
- Stella Kowalski: I didn't think you like my stories Blanche.
- Blanche Dubois: I like them when there amusing but not indecent.
- Stanley Kowalski: I don't know any refine enough for your taste.
- Stanley Kowalski: Ah those cats, MEEOOOW!
- Blanche Dubois: Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
- Stanley Kowalski: Stella!
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