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A Streetcar Named Desire


Roger Davidson

Streetcar Named Desire, A
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The movie that introduced one of the finest actors of all time, Marlon Brando stars on the brutal lout, Stanley Kowalski. At the time of it's release, the movie (based on the Tennessee Williams play) seemed to focus on the leading female character, Blanche Dubois (Vivien Leigh), a sexually repressed woman, driven to insanity by the animalistic behavior of Brando. That's what it seemed like at the time.

Now, thanks to a recent re-edited edition, the focus turns towards Brando and his relationship with the other characters besides Leigh's. His treatment towards his wife (Kim Hunter) and his buddy (Karl Malden) offer some truly harrowing moments. But the final segments involving Brando's attack on Leigh still astound and anger after all this time. Brando, Leigh, Malden and Hunter give spellbinding performances (all but Brando won Oscars for their roles) and Elia Kazan's relentless direction of the proceedings come off magnificently. The moody black-and-white cinematography by Harry Stradling is perfect for the atmosphere of Williams' depressing world. You should definitely see this movie! Mainly because it was the movie that introduced Brando, an actor who gave a voice ("STELLLLLAAAA!!") to a whole new generation of actors and to the ones that came afterward.

My Rating = Four Stars

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