A Streetcar Named Desire (Warner Bros., 1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire tells the story of an aging Southern belle who goes head-to-head with her brutish brother-in-law. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play by Tennessee Williams, the film garnered 12 Academy Award nominations.
Marlon Brando plays the role of Stanley, a brooding, rough, sexually-charged hero, set against the pretentious and aristocratic Blanche, portrayed by Vivien Leigh.
The film was groundbreaking in many respects, but mostly due to Brando’s use of method acting, a choice that still has a tremendous influence on modern film acting.
The Kaleidescape download of A Streetcar Named Desire includes a commentary track by actor Karl Malden with film historians Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young, as well as some fascinating extras including Marlon Brando’s screen test and “Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey,” a fascinating look at one of film’s most honored and influential directors.
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