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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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.
The only thing that stops me from calling this adaptation perfect is the "hollywood ending". Why on earth compromise the powerful ending of the original play, and by Williams himself!?!? It doesn't ring true to the whole film! Blame it on Hollywood, I guess. But, oh well, there are your 5 stars.
Filmed Theater, is what these kind of films are called. I'd rather see A Streetcar Named Desire on a real stage rather than watching a diminished version of a performance on stage, moved to the screen. This is hardly what I call Film.