Streetcar Desire


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) is a controversial film classic, adapted from Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of 1947. This film masterpiece was directed by Elia Kazan (his first piece of work with Williams), a socially conscious director who insisted that the film be true to the play. The film challenged the Production Code's censors with its bold adult drama and sexual subjects (rape, domestic violence, homosexuality, and female promiscuity or nymphomania) - it is the story of the pathetic mental and emotional demise of a determined, yet fragile, repressed and delicate Southern lady born to a once-wealthy family of Mississippi planters. Her downfall in the squalid French ...

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Leigh's character was a logical extension from her Scarlett O'Hara role in Gone With The Wind (1939) - a post-Rhett Butler Southern belle.] Kim Hunter's role as her sister (a role she originally played on Broadway) was pivotal, and Marlon Brando, in his second screen appearance and recreating his Broadway role, delivers an overpowering, memorable performance.
The film was nominated for twelve nominations and awarded four Oscars: Best Actress for Vivien Leigh, and Best Supporting roles to Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. In addition, Best B & W Art Direction/Set Direction was given to Richard Day and George James Hopkins. Remarkably, Tennessee Williams' Best Screenplay nomination, Marlon Brando's Best Actor nomination, and Elia Kazan's Best Director nomination were defeated. And the hotly-contested, competitive year saw the Best Picture Award presented instead to Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris (1951). Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen (1951) took the Best Actor Award ...

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neighborhood: "Can this be her home?" She finds her sister at the local bowling alley where her brother-in-law Stanley is bowling. After hugging each other, Blanche worries about her appearance: "Oh no, no, no. I won't be looked at in this merciless glare," and is concerned about where her sister lives: "Only Poe. Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do justice to it. What are you doing in that horrible place?"
Stella has turned her back on her aristocratic background, and found happiness by marrying a working class, Polish immigrant husband Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando). Blanche's first glimpse of the loud, coarse, and brutish Stanley is on the bowling lanes. A fight erupts - and ...

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