A Streetcar Named Desire Reviews

  • 2d ago

    This movie made my brain ooze from my ears. It was so hard and embarrassing to watch around others. From the stereotypical sensitive queer character, to the rough male to the doting wife who takes all the hits. It was like trying to swallow vinegar.

    This movie made my brain ooze from my ears. It was so hard and embarrassing to watch around others. From the stereotypical sensitive queer character, to the rough male to the doting wife who takes all the hits. It was like trying to swallow vinegar.

  • Feb 07, 2021

    Provocative for its time, this remains a terrific film from Tennessee Williams' classic play. Vivien Leigh and Karl Malden won the Oscar for it. Don't miss it!

    Provocative for its time, this remains a terrific film from Tennessee Williams' classic play. Vivien Leigh and Karl Malden won the Oscar for it. Don't miss it!

  • Jan 24, 2021

    This movie is a masterpiece; well written, directed, acting, set. Leigh plays a Mississippi , southern belle that moves in with her sister and husband Brando. She is a flirtatious, hopeless romantic looking for a man to take care of her. Brando plays a typical 1950s blue collared worker of the time; barbarian, cigar smoking, plays poker with the guys in the neighborhood, goes off bowling. He is often angry, short tempered with his wife and sister. Oftentimes violent and yelling (which is hard to watch) . He is the "king" of the roost. The ending is non predicted, however very satisfiable.

    This movie is a masterpiece; well written, directed, acting, set. Leigh plays a Mississippi , southern belle that moves in with her sister and husband Brando. She is a flirtatious, hopeless romantic looking for a man to take care of her. Brando plays a typical 1950s blue collared worker of the time; barbarian, cigar smoking, plays poker with the guys in the neighborhood, goes off bowling. He is often angry, short tempered with his wife and sister. Oftentimes violent and yelling (which is hard to watch) . He is the "king" of the roost. The ending is non predicted, however very satisfiable.

  • Jan 08, 2021

    Elia Kazan's great film features amazing performances by Vivien Leigh and especially Marlon Brando.

    Elia Kazan's great film features amazing performances by Vivien Leigh and especially Marlon Brando.

  • Nov 16, 2020

    Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire is worth watching primarily to see Marlon Brando change the face of cinema acting with his incendiary performance as the brutish Stanley Kowalski. Brando became some sort of strange caricature later in life and it is easy to forget how impactful he was as an actor, changing overnight what an audience expects from a film performance. His brilliant new school method acting is accentuated in scenes where he plays opposite Vivien Leigh, who very much embodied old school methods and is dwarfed by Brando's presence – Leigh's overacting hurts the film. The film is aided by effective lighting, nice cinematography, a great set, and perfect shot blocking, which would be expected from an adaptation of a theater production.

    Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire is worth watching primarily to see Marlon Brando change the face of cinema acting with his incendiary performance as the brutish Stanley Kowalski. Brando became some sort of strange caricature later in life and it is easy to forget how impactful he was as an actor, changing overnight what an audience expects from a film performance. His brilliant new school method acting is accentuated in scenes where he plays opposite Vivien Leigh, who very much embodied old school methods and is dwarfed by Brando's presence – Leigh's overacting hurts the film. The film is aided by effective lighting, nice cinematography, a great set, and perfect shot blocking, which would be expected from an adaptation of a theater production.

  • Oct 22, 2020

    Overacted, long, tiring, boring story of a woman who is a bit precious and a couple who are a bit hysterical. Not great.

    Overacted, long, tiring, boring story of a woman who is a bit precious and a couple who are a bit hysterical. Not great.

  • Sep 30, 2020

    An ultimate guide on how to direct a drama.

    An ultimate guide on how to direct a drama.

  • Sep 22, 2020

    AFI 100 Greatest Films - #45: The emotion on display here by Leigh and Brando that is expertly captured by Kazan is, along with the perfectly paired score, what I will likely most remember about this film. The set design also deserves a nod as it definitely enhanced the overall tone. Leigh's portrayal of du Bois kept bringing to mind Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard, one of my favorites, and both deliver classic and easily recognizable lines in their films final scene.

    AFI 100 Greatest Films - #45: The emotion on display here by Leigh and Brando that is expertly captured by Kazan is, along with the perfectly paired score, what I will likely most remember about this film. The set design also deserves a nod as it definitely enhanced the overall tone. Leigh's portrayal of du Bois kept bringing to mind Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard, one of my favorites, and both deliver classic and easily recognizable lines in their films final scene.

  • Jul 29, 2020

    Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Karl Malden won for Best Supporting Actor, marking the first time any movie won three of the four acting categories. Only one other movie, Network in 1976, was able to equal the feat. Inexplicably, Brando was nominated for the Best Actor award and did not win. Humphrey Bogart won for The African Queen. Pardon me, Bogey, for saying so, but Brando's performance is one of the top 50 by any actor in cinema. Bogey's best performance *might* get him in the top 100.

    Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Karl Malden won for Best Supporting Actor, marking the first time any movie won three of the four acting categories. Only one other movie, Network in 1976, was able to equal the feat. Inexplicably, Brando was nominated for the Best Actor award and did not win. Humphrey Bogart won for The African Queen. Pardon me, Bogey, for saying so, but Brando's performance is one of the top 50 by any actor in cinema. Bogey's best performance *might* get him in the top 100.

  • Jul 21, 2020

    Powerful adaptation with great performances.

    Powerful adaptation with great performances.