A Streetcar Named Desire
Original Release: September 18th, 1951
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Madden
Tennessee William knows how to create fascinating characters with hard hitting boundary-pushing dialogue, beautifully tragic A Streetcar Named Desire is no exception. The dark bluesy jazz with all its elongated horns sets the stage perfectly for the adaptation but the shadowy cinematography hides too much the actors’ range of expressions. The fact that Marlon Brando was the only one not to win an Oscar is an outrage, his portrayal of Stanley stands the test of time and gets better with every viewing. Even with Blanche being a very melodramatic character, Leigh’s performance pushes her even more over the top to a near caricature of a crazy person. The looks Kim Hunter gave Brando makes me believe she was married to him in real life, talk about your on-screen chemistry: it was hotter than the temperature in New Orleans. Though not my favorite adaptation by Tennessee Williams, Streetcar is still a thrillingly dramatic sadly romantic tale.