Watched Elia Kazan's 1951 Drama "A Streetcar Named Desire"


"Hey Stella!"
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Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 1947 play about a pretentious Southern belle debutante that moves to New Orleans to live with her sister and violent, brutish brother in law and the collision course that follows. Considered one of the greatest movies of all time, this film is #47 on the AFI 100.

The performances in this movie are outstanding. The story starts with the introduction of Blanche Dubois, played by
Vivien Leigh, as she arrives in the city on a streetcar named Desire. I enjoyed watching her character evolve during the course of the story affected by her environment and the others around her.
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Marlon Brando plays Stanley Kowalski, the very hot-headed and fiery husband of Blanche's sister. His temper gets him in trouble several times, and he butts heads with Blanche constantly.
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The man that tries to court Blanche, Harold "Mitch" Mitchell, played by
Karl Malden, shares a mutual longing for companionship. Malden puts out a wonderful performance in this movie, one that earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Because of the nature of the characters in the movie (Blanche is pretentious and delusional while Stanley is violent and at times cruel), this film often made me feel uncomfortable. Ultimately, I enjoyed it and would totally recommend it, but wow, what a ride!

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