A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

DVD - 1997
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An uncensored version of the story of a repressed widow who visits her sister in New Orleans and is raped and driven mad by her brother-in-law.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1997]
Edition: DVD edition Original director's version.
ISBN: 9780790729374
0790729377
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 STREETCAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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BAE322
Jun 20, 2020

So, here we have Marlon Brando in all his youthful glory playing the ultimate cad. And here is Vivien Leigh looking insipid in her blond wig and diaphenous gowns over-emoting. Tough to get through. Don't have much regard for the creator of this scenario, Mr. T.W., and won't be pursuing any more of his works. The final scene was too long and made me impatient for Blanche to be gone. The whole film is quite intense and, frankly, I don't have the energy to ever watch it again.

Nicr Feb 12, 2020

Never been a fan of Vivien Leigh's acting, which is the reason for knocking off a star. But this is a true classic of the 1950's, and Brando is a force of nature.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 08, 2020

Based on Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name, A Streetcar Named Desire left me disappointed at its conclusion. Throughout the movie, many important themes and issues were introduced, however when the movie finished, I found myself believing that I was being pranked. Surely that’s not how it ended? There were so many plot points that did not feel sufficiently tied up, such as Blanche’s mental health issues, Stella’s abuse at the hands of Stanley, and Stanley’s assault of Blanche. All of these loose ends seem to originate from the fact that the characters remained static throughout the course of the movie, not allowing the viewer to feel much sympathy, as their frustration with the repetition overwhelms them. Every time Blanche was on screen, I hoped that this would be the moment she tackled some aspect of her mental illness, but instead I was subject not only to watching her succumb to it, but also learning about her predatory nature. Her final moments were of her being taken away to an institution, no reference to any hope that she would get better. Stella’s ending offered a little more catharsis with her leaving Stanley, but her track record leads me to anticipate a speedy return into the arms of her abusive husband. Each time Stanley abused Stella, she became mad and left, only to come back to him moments later, entranced by his primitive nature. This apparent cycle, and her otherwise lack of change throughout the film, sours the positive moment of her taking agency for herself when any audience member could predict her defeat. Finally, Stanley’s behaviour only goes from bad to worse, without any obvious lasting consequences. He abuses Stella and Blanche, seems to feel remorse, but then does it again without hesitation. For his last hurrah, it is implied he rapes Blanche without any hint of guilt shown afterwards. Through Stella does threaten to leave him, as stated before, the validity of this statement is dodgy. Overall, the characters that start out seemingly interesting and dimensional become stale as they do not grow or change during the course of the film. It becomes difficult to watch a movie when the characters are so unlikable, as there is no emotional connection to draw you in. It was a film with a lot of potential, especially for its time, but unfortunately the inability of the characters to progress and work through their problems became irritating and boring to watch. 2/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Derringer
Jul 15, 2019

Okay. I'm not knocking "A Streetcar Named Desire" as a whole, but, with that said, there was just one niggling, little thing about the story that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And, what I'd sure like to know is - Why, if Stanley had such a good job at the plant, and all, was he, and his wife, Stella, living in bloody skid row in such a ratty dump-of-a-place as they were?

I really can't figure out the reason for these 2 people living in such squalid conditions as they did (especially since Stella was a stay-at-home wife). Like, why the hell didn't this lazy woman pick up a broom once in a while and, maybe, even try to be a bit creative and fix the dump, she and Stanley were living in, up?

But, I guess, with Stanley being the (pardon the expression) "Pollock" pig that he was, this filth hole was the sort of pig-sty environment that suited him perfectly with his greasy fingers and his pawing the insatiable Stella night and day.

Anyway - That's my big beef about "A Streetcar Named Desire" which, otherwise, I thought was an alright 1950's drama, for the most part.

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SusyHendrix
Dec 03, 2018

What a great adaptation of a dramatic masterpiece! Steeped in sweat and expressionistic shadows, this is an atmospheric tour de force. And that's not even mentioning Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, whose cat and mouse game is compelling from start to finish.

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ThomasJWhiting
Dec 28, 2016

VERY GOOD 1951 film based on Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tennessee Williams.
Very high quality film making, acting (Brando at age 24 is terrific, so is Vivien Leigh at age 38).
I have been watching several of the film adaptations of Tennessee Williams material and, although I do find them dramatically interesting/compelling, their fairly consistent negative socioeconomic underpinnings have become a bit tiresome to me. Guess that's just a reflection of Tennessee William's, um, troubled life...
And film score is another terrific effort by fab Alex North.

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GusAndAbe
Nov 22, 2016

Incredible!

hbrown10011 Jul 19, 2015

Brilliant!

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SpaceAngel
Jul 14, 2015

This vintage drama has both its good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

All-in-all - It's definitely a picture that is worth checking out.

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Audrey1976
Jul 01, 2015

Incredible acting. Vivien Leigh's performance is probably her best after Gone With the Wind, of course. Marlon Brando is spot on as the thug Stanley. Well cast study of marital relations, mental health and social classes. A haunting film - but a must see.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stanley: "...Stella!... ...HEY STELLAAAAA!!!..."

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stanley (to Blanche): Take a look at yourself here in a worn out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for 50 cents from some rag picker. And with a crazy crown on. Now what kind of a queen do you think you are? Do you know that I've been on to you from the start, and not once did you pull the wool over this boy's eyes? You come in here and you sprinkle the place with powder and you spray perfume and you stick a paper lantern over the light bulb - and, lo and behold, the place has turned to Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile, sittin' on your throne, swillin' down my liquor. And do you know what I say? Ha ha! DO YOU HEAR ME? HA HA HA!!!

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Blanche: You're married to a madman. Stella: I wish you'd stop taking it for granted that I'm in something I want to get out of. Blanche: What you are talking about is desire - just brutal desire. The name of that rattle-trap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another. Stella: Haven't you ever ridden on that streetcar? Blanche: It brought me here. Where I'm not wanted and where I'm ashamed to be.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stella: Don't you think your superior attitude is a little out of place? Blanche: May I speak plainly?...If you'll forgive me, he's common... He's like an animal. He has an animal's habits. There's even something subhuman about him. Thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is. Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age, bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle. And you - you here waiting for him. Maybe he'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you, that's if kisses have been discovered yet. His poker night you call it. This party of apes.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Blanche: Oh, in my youth I excited some admiration. But look at me now! Would you think it possible that I was once considered to be attractive? Stanley: Your looks are okay. Blanche: I was fishing for a compliment Stanley. Stanley: I don't go in for that stuff. Blanche: What stuff? Stanley: Compliments to women about their looks. I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good lookin' or not without bein' told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got. I once went out with a dame who told me: "I'm the glamorous type", she says. "I am the glamorous type!" I say: "So What?" Blanche: And what did she say then? Stanley: She didn't say nothin'. That shut her up like a clam. Blanche: Did it end the romance? Stanley: It ended the conversation that was all.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stanley: You know that some men are taken in by all this Hollywood glamour and some just aren't. Blanche: I'm sure you belong in the second category. Stanley: That's right. Blanche: I cannot imagine any witch of a woman casting a spell over you. Stanley: That's right. Blanche: You're simple, straightforward and honest, a little bit on the primitive side, I should think. To interest you a woman would have to... Stanley: To lay her cards out on the table. Blanche: Well I never did care for wishy-washy people. That was why when you walked in last night, I said to myself, "my sister has married a MAN". Of course that was all I could hope to... Stanley: (He yells at her) How about cutting the rebop!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Blanche DuBois: This old maid, she had a parrot that cursed a blue streak and knew more vulgar expressions than Mr. Kowalski.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

A Sailor: Can I help you, ma'am?
Blanche DuBois: Why, they told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields

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Mar 27, 2011

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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