A Streetcar Named Desire

Cinema

Directed by Elia Kazan | 1951 | USA | 2h01 | Certificate 12A

In the sticky heat of New Orleans’s French Quarter, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh), a small-town beauty who feels her best years are behind her, arrives at the modest apartment of her sister Stella (Kim Hunter). Her presence upsets the already awkward balance between Stella and her husband Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), a dominating bully with an explosive temper.

Despite losing the more sexually explicit references in Tennessee Williams’s original play, this adaptation owes a clear debt to its stage origins (whose Broadway debut Elia Kazan also directed). Mostly restricted to the Kowalski apartment, it showcases the brute and unruly power of Brando’s performance, an early expression of the so-called ‘Method’ style of acting that had such a marked influence on American cinema over the coming decades.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
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