Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desire

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Director: Elia Kazan

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Marlon Brando stars in the classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire. The film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio in glorious black-and-white. Overall, this is a fine-looking transfer, though a few inherent flaws in the film negative show a few spots of dirt and grain in the image. Otherwise, Warner has done fine work at making sure this is a clear,…  See more details below


Marlon Brando stars in the classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire. The film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio in glorious black-and-white. Overall, this is a fine-looking transfer, though a few inherent flaws in the film negative show a few spots of dirt and grain in the image. Otherwise, Warner has done fine work at making sure this is a clear, crisp-looking transfer that should please fans of the film. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and is serviceable, if a tad unimpressive. While the bulk of the mix is clear of any excessive hiss or distortion, fidelity and dynamic range are often sorely lacking. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Aside of featuring the "original director's version," this DVD edition of A Streetcar Named Desire's only extra features are a few pithy production notes about the making of the film.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Marlon Brando reprised his role as Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan's magnificent screen version of Tennessee Williams's great American play A Streetcar Named Desire, re-creating on film the standard-setting performance that wowed Broadway audiences. As the virile, blue-collar brute Stanley, Brando's sensuality takes the breath away. And Vivian Leigh is heartbreaking in her Oscar-winning portrayal of Blanche Dubois, a ravaged Southern belle clinging to faded notions of Southern gentility until her brother-in-law shatters her delusions forever. Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, both of whom appeared in the stage version, also won Oscars for their superb supporting performances. Although filmed entirely on sets, no movie has ever captured the sultry, decaying atmosphere of New Orleans's French Quarter as potently as this classic (it also won the 1951 Oscar for Art Direction). Production codes at the time of the film's release required Kazan to cut some footage considered too openly sexual; these moments are restored in this definitive version.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With the same director (Elia Kazan), a screenplay co-adapted by the playwright (Tennessee Williams), and three-quarters of the Broadway production's stars, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) transcended "filmed theater" to become a groundbreaking Hollywood work. Battling the stringent Production Code, Kazan and Williams made concessions concerning the "perverse" sexual elements of Blanche DuBois' past, but they retained the crucial rape of "delicate," old-fashioned Blanche by brutal, "modern" Stanley Kowalski, earning the Code's approval for a film definitively aimed toward adults. Marlon Brando's star-making performance as the "Stella"-howling Stanley burned itself into popular consciousness with its combination of carnality and Method-acting "naturalness," establishing Brando as the premier purveyor of the then-innovative Method acting style and a striking erotic presence. The more traditional Vivien Leigh, replacing Broadway's Jessica Tandy, similarly flourished as Blanche, while the Oscar-winning art direction, Harry Stradling's photography, and Alex North's moody, influential jazz score enhanced the hothouse atmosphere. The film was nominated for 12 Oscars, including Best Picture, and took home awards for Leigh, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter, though Brando lost to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen. It was re-released in 1993 with four minutes of footage that had originally been censored by the Legion of Decency, including close-ups of Hunter's Stella eyeing Stanley with too much desire.

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Release Date:
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Warner Home Video
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[B&W, Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital, monaural]

Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivien Leigh Blanche Dubois
Marlon Brando Stanley Kowalski
Kim Hunter Stella Kowalski
Karl Malden Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
Rudy Bond Steve Hubbell
Nick Dennis Pablo Gonzales
Peg Hillias Eunice Hubbell
Richard Garrick Doctor
Ann Dere The Matron
Edna Thomas Mexican Woman
Mel Archer Foreman
Marietta Canty Black Woman
Lyle Latell Policeman
Charles Wagenheim Actor
Maxie Thrower Passersby
Wright King A Collector
Mickey Kuhn Sailor
Chester Jones Street Vendor

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Lucinda Ballard Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Day Art Director
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Alex North Score Composer
Oscar Saul Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
David Weisbart Editor
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Credits. [1:14]
2. New arrival at Elysian Fields. [4:00]
3. Belle Reve's fate. [6:10]
4. "You must be Stanley." [3:31]
5. Napoleonic and dress codes. [6:15]
6. Cards on the table. [8:18]
7. Poker: no women allowed. [4:43]
8. Mitch and the ladies. [4:01]
9. Tearing up the place. [1:56]
10. "Hey, Stella!" [3:25]
11. "I need kindness now." [1:28]
12. "Don't hang back with the brutes!" [6:02]
13. The odor of cheap perfume. [3:01]
14. "I want to breathe quietly again." [4:49]
15. A young prince out of the Arabian Nights. [3:55]
16. A memory of first love. [12:42]
17. Tales of Dame Blanche. [5:31]
18. The king around here. [4:11]
19. Down off the columns. [4:09]
20. "I don't want realism. I want magic!" [7:06]
21. "Flores para los muertos." [4:34]
22. The one unforgivable thing. [6:14]
23. Caught in a trap. [3:33]
24. "You think I'll interfere with you?" [1:38]
25. Going on a trip. [4:08]
26. Callers for Blanche. [4:40]
27. The kindness of strangers. [2:56]
28. Cast list. [:21]

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A Streetcar Named Desire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why go to the trouble of restoring a classic to the original directors cut then chop the image up to mash it into a square screen. Formatting a film to fit tv screens is like tearing the first and last page out of every chapter of your favorite book. This is a waste of what should be a terrific DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked it, leigh did a good job,the movie definetly made you stop and think and really critic the charatchers, its a good movie to watch
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD does present the film in its original aspect ratio, which like ''All About Eve'' or ''Gone With th Wind,'' looks like it's been formatted because it fits your screen but it hasn't been. Furthermore, it's the original director's cut of one of the greatest films ever made and some of the greatest performances ever filmed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie Is Terrific.It Won 5 Academy Awards.And well Deserved. Vivien Lee and Marlon Brando were terrific. But I do have to say that Miss Leigh Stole the spotlight.This Film is my favorite film. I can watch over and Over,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific film! Brando and Leigh are sensational. Marlon Brando stands out and truly stars in this film. A great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when I was thirteen years old. It introduced me to Marlon Brando, of course I had seen him in movies like 'Superman' and things, but didn't really pay much attention to him in roles like that, but I'd always heard the name Marlon Brando. This movie is perfect! This movie was ahead of it's time, and I love everything about it, I even have the play and have read it several times. I love this movie and I love Marlon Brando (hey you get to see him without a shirt, you can't beat that).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie and I loved the characters. I had to read the play though because the dialogue was a little confusing and mumbled at times, and sometimes just spoken very fast. Marlon Brando was outstanding (hello gorgeous) and I definitely recommend this classic movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read about this movie online and decided to rent it. It was great from beginning to end. I loved everything about it. It seemed like all the rest of the actors were acting very well and Marlon Brando, who looked absolutely georgeous, was being himself. Great film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
really good. Vivien Leigh plays a good crazy Southern belle, the complete contrast from the other movie 'Gone With The Wind', where she played a pretty but spoiled Southern belle. Marlon Brando is good for his role, the husband who gets really annoyed with his dreamy-like and crazy sister-in-law. near the end he totally makes her even crazier, yelling at her and handling her in an abusive way while his wife, who wouldv'e protected her sister, was at the hospital having a baby. i thought it was mean of him to do what he did to Blanche and destroying her chance to marry her lover, who really liked her even though she was the way she was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was 16 when I first saw the film streetcar, I was supposed to be finishing off an assignment flicked on the tv and their he was, It was not acting it was completly raw. I became obsessed read every book on him, I can't imagine the film industry having never had a brando. I think no other actor had such a raw sexuality as marlon, You dont just want to watch him act but are drawn to watch his hands his,arms & mannerisms. Thank god for brando.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely amazing. At first, you could be confused with the situation, but listen carefully and you will be engrossed in the plot. I saw the movie first, then decided to read the book because I am a huge fan of Marlon Brando. After reading the book, I saw the movie again and everything fell into place. This film is absolutely exceptional.. one of my favorite of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was 16 when I saw it at the movie theater...I went back to see it 20 more times...believe me, I couldn't get enough of Brando... It is the most intense, raw sexuality in a man that I've never seen since then... You cannot get a better, more methodically perfect actor anywhere, any time... He should've won an Oscar for that performance. Not even Humphrey Bogart could have been better...They cheated him out of the award. There will never be another Brando...Not even close...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know I should be giving this movie a perfect five since it's a classic, but I felt like it was a bit to soap operaish at times. Let me say this: Marlon Brando is the king of all actors. His performances have all been flawless and unlike anything you will ever see. He is the king of Hollywood, our Man O' War of cinema. He brings more life to his characters than anyone else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite! This movies sexual tension was way ahead of it's time. Brando is raw and brutal and yet sexy and you just can't take your eyes off him. You almost understand the whole "Hey Stella" scene and why is wife (and sister in law Blanche) were under his spell. The music and dingy lighting adds just perfectly to the mood of this steamy New Orleans movie. You cannot miss this movie. It is an American classic of raw sexuality and a fragile womans' desent into madness.
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