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...
Oeuvre torride, d'un étouffement et d'une désespérance morbides totales, retraduisant avec talent l'atmosphère confinée de l'univers oppressant de Tennessee Williams, pour un réalisateur génial, une mise en scène solide, des acteurs époustouflants de maîtrise et de conviction... www.cinefiches.com
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.
Tennessee Williams is a master storyteller. Brando, Leigh, and Malden are all masters of character immersion. Kazan is a master manipulator of the camera and always touches the viewer at their most emotional level. Add that up and you have this. Perfection.