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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Charles K. Feldman.

The film was based on the play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NY from Dec 3, 1947 - Dec 17, 1949.

A Streetcar Named Desire was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorMarlon BrandoNominated
Best Supporting ActorKarl MaldenWon
Best ActressVivien LeighWon
Best Supporting ActressKim HunterWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Richard Day; Set Decoration: George James HopkinsWon
Best CinematographyHarry StradlingNominated
Best Costume DesignLucinda BallardNominated
Best DirectorElia KazanNominated
Best PictureCharles K. Feldman, ProducerNominated
Best WritingTennessee WilliamsNominated
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Review: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 14, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski. They’re both so iconic not simply in the lore of cinema history but literature and American culture in general. It’s difficult to know exactly what to do with them. Stanley Kowalksi the archetypical chauvinistic beast. Driven by anger, prone to abuse,... Read full article


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

on Aug 11, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

Elia Kazan’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire is an important film in my life.  I first saw it in community college when we wrote compared and contrasted the play and the film (there’s a lot of watering down in the movie).  I wrote so much on Blanche DuBoise that by the end I was s... Read full article


A Streetcar Named Desire (1)

By The Cinemaniac on Mar 31, 2013 From Cinemaniac Reviews

Review No. 446 Directed by: Elia Kazan Screenplay by: Tennessee Williams and Oscar Saul Based on: “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams Blanche DuBois: Vivien Leigh Stanley Kowalski: Marlon Brando Stella Kowalski: Kim Hunter Harold “Mitch” Mitchell: Karl Malden Al... Read full article


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 10, 2012 From 4 Star Films

The film adaption of the Tennessee Williams’ play, A Street Car Named Desire was directed by Elia Kazan and stars Marlon Brando as the rough Polish husband of Stella Kowalski. Vivien Leigh plays the role of Stella’s airy and superficial sister Blanche. The film opens in the French Quarte... Read full article


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) (1)

By Kristen on Apr 21, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

Elia Kazan’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire is an important film in my life.  I first saw it in community college when we wrote about the various comparisons and contrast between the play and the film (there’s a lot of watering down in the movie).  I wrote so much on Blanche DuBo... Read full article


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Stanley Kowalski: Be comfortable. That's my motto up where I come from. You gonna shack up here? Well, I guess I'm gonna strike you as being the unrefined type, huh?


Stanley Kowalski: Some canary bird...


Blanche DuBois: Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.


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As of 2003 it is one of only two films in history to win three Academy awards for acting. The other is Network.
Vivien Leigh replaced Jessica Tandy as Blanche. This was actually the second time the two of them had shared a role. Leigh previously played Ophelia opposite her husband and director Laurence Olivier as Hamlet. Tandy played Ophelia in actor/director John Gielgud's production of Hamlet.
The script follows the Tennessee Williams play closely with several small changes. However, there are three notably large alterations of the original plot. The first is the exclusion of Blanche's late young husband's homosexuality, which is referred to explicitly in the play, but only obliquely referred to in the movie. In the play, Blanche caught him in bed with another man and she screamed at him, calling him weak, and he killed himself; she blames herself for not understanding his feelings and for his resulting suicide. In the movie, the fact that her husband committed suicide is masked with a line from Blanche that says that "she killed him herself" by leading him to suicide. The second large difference is the rape scene. It is not explicitly shown/described in the play, but it is more obviously alluded to than in the movie. Two of Stanley's key lines in the scene were omitted from the theatrical release: "Tiger, tiger, drop that bottle top," which has since been added back to the movie, and "We've had this date with each other since the beginning!", after which Stanley grabs Blanche and hauls her off to the bed. Both of these changes were made for censorship reasons, but they've changed the story in some basic ways and led to some confusion, especially about the rape scene, which is key to understanding Stanley's final breaking of Bla
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