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Posted on 1/12/13 09:44 PM
It's harsh, it's unforgiving and it's reality.
That sentence sums up the classic adaptation of Tennessee William's play "A Streetcar named Desire". It also reflects the mentality of the film's main character, Stanley Kowalski. No other film in history has truly captured drama and real-life in such a prolific way. Southern belle Blanch DuBois (Vivien Leigh) stays with her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), who lives in New Orleans. Little did Blanche know about the big, buff, barbaric brute that Stella married named Stanley (Marlon Brando). Stanley, who is curious about Blanche's fidelity, goes out of his way to tear her life apart and shatter her illusion of fantasy in contrast with his gritty realism. Such a serious and topical film should not be avoided. Vivien Leigh gives her intentional over-the-top performance for such an over-the-top character. But, it is Brando who steals the show and bursts out the most famous line of the whole film: "Hey Stellllllaaaaa!...Hey Stelllllllaaaaa!".
Pros: Great script, famous performances, great atmosphere, great direction.
Cons: I suggest reading the stage-play before watching the film. You will grasp some ideas about the film better that way.
Overall: "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers". A must see.