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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Really not a fan of Vivien Leigh, but this is an amazing movie. Such a great adaptation, even though the censorship took a lot away from the story. Amazing direction by Kazan, and Brando is absolutely fantastic.
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!
Kazan's finest film, no question. Brando's performance here is easily his finest, I think, and Vivien Leigh matches him. There isn't a dull moment. Even the tacked on ending can't diminish this one. Essential viewing.
Excellence is achieved in every single department. Kazan's direction is deep, the writing is flawless, Brando is outstanding as a despicable wild beast; and Vivien Leigh can't hide her beauty, she is just fragile, tender, deeply disturbed and magnificent.
This film is nearly flawless in every sense and hasn't aged the way, say, Cassavettes' films have. However, Vivian Leigh's performance can be debated in many ways: it is dated and affected, unrealistic and pretty much collides with every other performance, puzzling the tone of the film and making Blanche very hard to see through. I wish Jessica Tandy had done the film...