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5,757 Ratings

A Streetcar Named Desire

Directed by Elia Kazan
United States, 1951


A film adaptation of the famed Tennessee Williams play. Wanting to forget her past and start again, Blance DuBoise moves in with her sister’s family in New Orleans. Her brutish brother-in-law ensures that she doesn’t outrun her past and soon the stage is set for their final confrontation.

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A Streetcar Named Desire Directed by Elia Kazan

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1951 | 2 wins including: Special Jury Prize

Academy Awards

1952 | 8 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1952 | 4 wins including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

1999 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Pop trivia might have you believe that Kazan’s version of A Streetcar Named Desire would have been much better had Jessica Tandy been allowed to transplant her stage performance to screen. However, for anyone with a soft spot for Vivian Leigh’s staunch Southern belle act, Kazan’s film still renders the play into a unique slice of Hollywood melodrama… It endures as a haunting dissection of female desire and denial—a stunning and vicious pendulum of violence: physical, sexual, and linguistic.
January 29, 2010
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For all its considerable power, it’s dated and uneven in basic ways. Most of this can’t be blamed on Kazan or Brando or Tennessee Williams, all of whom did everything they could under the circumstances, but a lot can be blamed on things that have happened in our culture since 1951. As a job of direction, Streetcar is packed with raw energy and ingenuity, but it also represents a curious halfway house between Kazan’s stage and film work.
November 19, 1993
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