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A Streetcar Named Desire
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh
‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is an adult drama filled with powerful performances and a top of the line story that, even though produced in 1951, is still considered a classic in every way. As a Broadway show, it was a runaway hit winning audiences and theatre critics alike. A transition to the big screen was inevitable. An adaptation of a 1947 play, written by American playwright Tennessee Williams' who won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948, ‘…Desire’ is a sordid drama of lust and madness in a seedy area of New Orleans. The feature film’s main focus is on the brutish Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando).
Life for Stanley, a Polish-American, and his schoolteacher wife Stella (Kim Hunter) take a turn when Stella's sister, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes over to stay with them at New Orleans. Blanche, a neurotic faded Southern socialite belle haunted by her checkered past, goes against everything that Stanley says or does. Blanche meets up with a humble good natured middle aged man Mitch (Karl Malden) and a friendship begins, but Stanley’s temper and sexual overtones instill fear in Blanche and Stella. Despite his wife being pregnant, Stanley has no remorse for her.
Blanche’s presence intrudes on the husband-wife relationship, with Stanley becoming extremely hostile to his sister-in-law. He also suspects she's lying about her past. He embarks on a plan to force her out from his home. He does so meticulously by checking on her past and thus shattering a friendly banter she had with Mitch who also happens to be one of Stanley's poker-playing friends.
‘A Streetcar…’ was nominated for a total of 12 Academy Awards including best picture, actor, screenplay and director. In 1952, the film won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Supporting Actor (Karl Malden), Supporting Actress (Kim Hunter) and Best Black and White Art Direction. A year later, Vivien Leigh won Best British Actress at the BAFTA Awards.
— Verus Ferreira