Streetcar Named Desire
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Streetcar Named Desire

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Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Elia Kazan, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter

     
 

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In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks… See more details below

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Overview

In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew. Attracted to Stanley's friend Mitch (Karl Malden), she glosses over the less savory incidents in her past, but she soon discovers that she cannot outrun that past, and the stage is set for her final, brutal confrontation with her brother-in-law. Brando, Hunter, and Malden had all starred in the original Broadway version of Streetcar, although the original Blanche had been Jessica Tandy. Brando lost out to Humphrey Bogart for the 1951 Best Actor Oscar, but Leigh, Hunter, and Malden all won Oscars.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0085393893224
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
26,970

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Karl Malden and film historians Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young; Elia Kazan movie trailer gallery; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Movie and audio outtakes; Marlon Brando screen test; Feature length profile Elia Kazan: a director's journey; 5 new insightful documentaries: A Streetcar on Broadway; A Streetcar in Hollywood censorship and desire; North and the Music of the South; An actor named Brando

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

Disc #1 -- A Streetcar Named Desire
1. Credits [1:14]
2. New Arrival at Elysian Fields [4:00]
3. Belle Reve's Fate [6:10]
4. "You Must Be Stanley" [3:30]
5. Napoleonic and Dress Codes [6:15]
6. Cards On the Table [8:19]
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. Odor of Cheap Perfume [3:00]
14. To Breath Quietly Again [4:49]
15. Arabian Nights Prince [3:55]
16. Memory of First Love [12:42]
17. Tales of Dame Blanche [5:32]
18. King Around Here [4:11]
19. Down Off the Columns [4:10]
20. "I Want Magic!" [7:06]
21. "Flores Para Los Muertos" [4:35]
22. One Unforgivable Thing [6:13]
23. Caught in a Trap [3:33]
24. "Interfere With You?" [1:41]
25. Going on a Trip [4:05]
26. Callers for Blanche [4:40]
27. Kindness of Strangers [2:56]
28. Cast List [:22]
Disc #2 -- A Streetcar Named Desire
1. Introduction [2:36]
2. The Group Theatre [4:13]
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [4:17]
4. Gentlemen's Agreement [2:49]
5. A Streetcar Named Desire [6:06]
6. Boomerang [3:15]
7. Panic in the Streets [2:17]
8. Viva Zapata! [4:48]
9. On the Waterfront [6:00]
10. East of Eden [3:32]
11. Baby Doll [4:42]
12. A Face in the Crowd [9:09]
13. Wild River [6:22]
14. Splendor in the Grass [4:11]
15. America America [9:13]
16. Still Struggling; End Credits [1:46]

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