- Written by Sandi Tracey
Stan was an overbearing, egotistical, brute who's temper flared like that of a spoiled two-year old. His childish and animalistic behavior excited his wife, who, despite her genteel upbringing was magnetically drawn to him because of it.
So we see a cycle of abuse - the tantruming, abusive husband and the masochistic wife who is turned on by his abuse.
Then there's Blanche. Blanche is Stella's neurotic sister who's past continues to haunt her.
Blanche was in control of the family estate then lost it somehow, so she relocates to New Orleans to live with Stella and Stan.
Stan, of course, is extremely abusive to both Stella and Blanche, which drives Blanche deeper into her own despair.
I had a hard time sitting through this movie because of how wacked out the characters were - and that's what makes this movie so good. While I found their personal issues bothersome, I enjoyed how well the cast performed.
Vivien Leigh always did well at playing neurotic characters, but she still brought a certain innocence to her roles. This time, though, her performance was even more convincing, and it was hard to believe that was really her playing that part.
And Marlon Brando? Well, what can we say - he's always been known for being a bad boy both on and off the screen. This performance, though, was so unlike his many others - and considering this was his second film, he did a pretty durned good job, leading the movie to 12 Academy Award nominations and four wins.
In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, A Streetcar Named Desire will debut on Blu-ray Book April 10!
A Streetcar Named Desire -- the film classic starring Marlon Brando and Oscar® winners Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden and directed by Elia Kazan -- will debut as A Streetcar Named Desire Blu-ray Book April 10 as Warner Home Video commemorates the 60th anniversary of playwright Tennessee Williams’ masterwork.
A Streetcar Named Desire was nominated for 12 Academy Awards® and won four, including three for acting. This edition of the film is A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Restored Version, the motion picture moviegoers would have seen had not censorship by the Legion of Decency occurred at the last minute. It features three minutes of footage thought to be lost until its rediscovery in the early 1990s. The new footage underscores, among other things, the sexual tension between Blanche DuBois (Vivienne Leigh) and Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), and Stella Kowalski's (Kim Hunter) passion for her husband.
The Blu-ray Book contains 40-pages filled with dazzling photos, film history trivia and more. The set, with bonus features including five documentaries, and a commentary, will be available for $34.99 SRP. Order due date is March 6.
More About the Film
Williams -- from whose pen came stunning unforgettable characters, powerful portraits of the human condition and an incredible vision of life in the South -- stands with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller as one of the three quintessentially eminent American playwrights. His classic Streetcar…was selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
A Streetcar Named Desire depicts a culture clash between Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh), a pretentious, fading relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), a rising member of the industrial, inner-city immigrant class. Blanche is a Southern belle whose pretensions to virtue and culture only thinly mask her nymphomania and alcoholism. Arriving at the house of her sister Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter), Stella fears Blanche’s arrival will upset the balance of her relationship with her husband Stanley, a primal, rough-hewn, brutish and sensual force of nature. He dominates Stella in every way, and she tolerates his offensive crudeness and lack of gentility largely because of her sexual need for him. Stanley’s friend and Blanche’s would-be suitor Mitch (Karl Malden) is similarly trampled along Blanche and Stanley’s collision course. Their final, inevitable confrontation results in Blanche’s mental annihilation.
A Streetcar Named Desire 60th Anniversary Edition Special Features
- Commentary with Karl Malden, film historian Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young
- Elia Kazan movie trailer gallery
- Movie and audio outtakes
- Marlon Brando screen test
- Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey documentary
- Five insightful documentaries:
- A Streetcar on Broadway
- A Streetcar in Hollywood
- Desire and Censorship
- North and the South
- An Actor Named Brando
You can purchase this movie directly from the WB shop online! www.wbshop.com