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When Blanche Met Brando: The Scandalous Story of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

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"WHEN BLANCHE MET BRANDO: The Scandalous Story of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' promises something salacious but delivers something better?a witty, insightful probe of Tennessee Williams' most famous play in all its variations."?The Dallas Morning News

The play launched Marlon Brando's career, and the movie shot his star into the stratosphere. The film also redefined Vivien Leigh as another kind of Southern belle: Blanche as Scarlett on the skids. And the movie as modern audiences ...

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Overview

"WHEN BLANCHE MET BRANDO: The Scandalous Story of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' promises something salacious but delivers something better…a witty, insightful probe of Tennessee Williams' most famous play in all its variations."—The Dallas Morning News

The play launched Marlon Brando's career, and the movie shot his star into the stratosphere. The film also redefined Vivien Leigh as another kind of Southern belle: Blanche as Scarlett on the skids. And the movie as modern audiences know it barely escaped the unforgiving knife of censorship. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is more than a classic piece of American art—it's a daring and raw masterpiece as alive with meaning today as it was when first performed in 1947.

Witty, rich with detail and exuberantly opinionated, WHEN BLANCHE MET BRANDO is the full behind-the-scenes story of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Moving from the opening of Tennessee Williams' groundbreaking play and the scandalized audiences it left on Broadway to its London debut to Elia Kazan's exceptional movie version, Staggs illuminates "Streetcar's" surprising complexities and the powerhouse personalities behind them.

"Staggs' book is an excellent companion piece, giving a fine and often funny account of the many difficulties Williams' story faced on the way to becoming history."—Reuters

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Editorial Reviews

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"Opinionated, revealing, constantly entertaining account of the birth and growth of Tennessee Williams's most famous play."

Kirkus Reviews

"A comprehensive minihistory of 20th-century American stage and screen and [Staggs] doesn't skimp on tabloid juice."

Publishers Weekly

"With his infectious devotion to "Streetcar," Staggs surely will motivate many to revist the play and watch the film."

Los Angeles Times

"as loquacious and overripe as Blanche herself and as hard to resist."

Washington Post

"…a spellbinder…"—The Hollywood Reporter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312321666
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Staggs

Sam Staggs is the author of ALL ABOUT "ALL ABOUT EVE" and CLOSE-UP ON SUNSET BOULEVARD. He has written for a variety of publications, including Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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