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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

USA 122m, Colour
Director: Elia Kazan; Cast: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

streetcarnameddesireAdapted from the Tennessee Williams play of the same name, A Streetcar Named Desire is a dark story of Blanche DuBois, an alcoholic and emotionally scarred southern belle who is tormented by guilt for driving her husband to suicide and her continuing dependence on the attentions of men. Leigh provides a tremendously convincing performance as DuBois, who is eventually committed to a mental hospital by Stella, her younger sister and Stanley, her brutish brother-in-law. As Stanley, Marlon Brando is a powerful and imposing figure with an indomitable screen presence whose malicious actions eventually overwhelm Blanche’s ability to escape into the safety of her own delusions (Klaus Ming May 2010).

2 comments on “A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

  1. Derrick

    will review this next week, looks good

  2. mcarteratthemovies

    I love the juxtaposition of Leigh and Brando’s acting styles — he’s all about method acting, being in the moment, while she’s so polished and prim. It’s like an “Acting 101.”

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