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A Streetcar Named Desire Overview:

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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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


A Streetcar Named Desire (2)

By Alyson on Jul 31, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

“Stella!” I grew up with this cry holding a slightly comedic element.  My dad would jokingly yell, “Stella!” from across the house to get my mom’s attention, usually to get him another beer or some other mundane task.  I don’t think my dad has ever seen A Streetcar Named Desire or realizes the drunk... Read full article


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Quotes from

[first lines]
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.


Stanley Kowalski: Hey, STELLA.


Blanche DuBois: Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable, and the one thing of which I have never,ever been guilty of.


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Facts about

While Vivien Leigh was playing Blanche, her real-life husband Laurence Olivier was also in Hollywood, filming Carrie, costarring Jennifer Jones and directed by William Wyler. On one occasion, the celebrated couple dined with Marlon Brando.
The Varsouviana is a type of polka and was a popular dance in 3/4 time from the 1800s. It is also known as the Varsoviana (Italy) or Varsovienne (France). It came from from Warsaw in 1850 originally and was named in honour of Mount Vesuvius. The tune was introduced to America in 1853.
As the film progresses, the set of the Kowalski apartment actually gets smaller to heighten the suggestion of Blanche's increasing claustrophobia.
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