oh yes, it is.
A flop adaptation. Kazan takes all the ambiguities in the play and eschews them except in the case of the rape making this seem less about a brutal cracking of a sensitive soul & more about a 'crazy woman' almost splitting up a Hard Working American Family for the majority. That could be on purpose since that's ultimately (barely) subverted, but the play is much more effective and subtle in getting to the same point.
A perfect combination of greatness: Williams' screenplay, Kazan's impressive direction that translates well from the play he directed, Brando & Leigh in one of their top performances ever, and the supporting characters that hit all the right notes. Simply put it's one of the best plays put to film.
The movie that I watched in the summer where i would come out of the closet to those who asked, it seemed that Marlon Brando had a lot to do with that.
I recently got to see this on the big screen after not having seen it in years. The film is a lot funnier than I remembered, whereas I'd only "got" the sadness of the story. The objectification of Brando & the subject matter were groundbreaking but a scene I found amazing that noone talks: Kim Hunter in her bed sheets talking to Leigh, post-STELLA! makeup sex..looking like a woman whose just had sex in a 1951 film!
This is the dirtiest film I've ever seen. Not content wise, just the overall feeling of it.
Marlon Brando is so good in this movie, in fact he’s almost too good. It’s as if the screen can’t even hold him. Primal, raw and magnetic. Take his performance and put it in a movie today and it would still wipe the floor with every other performance around it. This is the kind of stuff that even De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis would struggle to capture. One of those classics that the word masterpiece was invented for.
I don’t particularly find anything amazing from the story and Brando’s performance. Instead, Vivian Leigh’s performance here is one of the very few that can be called perfect.
As much as I enjoy Brando's superb performance I really can't deal with the extreme melodrama going on there added by Vivien Leigh's cringe-worthy overplaying. Initially three stars but after consideration: two stars.
How does one go about adapting a play to the screen whilst leaving out the two most important details? 1. The boy was gay 2. Stella was raped