A Streetcar Named Desire (12A)
March 8th 4:30 pm
Elia Kazan’s legendary adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play is famed for the brute and unruly power of Brando’s performance as Stanley Kowalski.
In the sticky heat of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Blanche DuBois, (Vivien Leigh) a fading small-town beauty arrives to stay with her sister Stella and explosive brother-in-law Stanley. Originally hailed as immoral, decadent, vulgar and sinful, its sexual explicitness was cut and sanitised for ’50s sensibilities until the 1990s. Kazan and Brando nurtured a tough and emotional vein of male introspection, soon labelled the ‘Method’, which influenced American cinema significantly over the coming decades.
Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden
US, 1951, 2 hours 7 minutes
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