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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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 Kowalski the archetypical chauvinistic beast. Driven by anger, prone to abuse,... Read full article


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


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Blanche DuBois: Why, those were a tribute from an admirer of mine.
Stanley Kowalski: He must have had a lot of admiration.
Blanche DuBois: 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 Kowalski: Your looks are okay.
Blanche DuBois: I was fishing for a compliment Stanley.
Stanley Kowalski: I don't go in for that stuff.
Blanche DuBois: What stuff?
Stanley Kowalski: Compliments to women about their looks. I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being 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 DuBois: And what did she say then?
Stanley Kowalski: She didn't say nothing. That shut her up like a clam.
Blanche DuBois: Did it end the romance?
Stanley Kowalski: It ended the conversation that was all. You know that some men are taken in by all this Hollywood glamour and some just aren't.
Blanche DuBois: I'm sure you belong in the second category.
Stanley Kowalski: That's right.
Blanche DuBois: I cannot imagine any witch of a woman casting a spell over you.
Stanley Kowalski: That's right.
Blanche DuBois: 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 Kowalski: To lay her cards out on the table.
Stanley Kowalski: 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 Kowalski: [He yells at her] How about cutting the rebop!
Stella: [Entering the room] Stanley! Stanley

Stanley Kowalski: Now will you just open your eyes to this stuff here. Now I mean, what - has she got this stuff out of teacher's pay?... Will you look at these fine feathers and furs that she comes to bring herself in here. What is this article? That's a solid gold dress, I believe... Now what is that? There's a treasure chest of a pirate... That's pearls, Stella, ropes of 'em. What is your sister - a deep sea diver? Bracelets, solid gold. (To Stella) Where are your pearls and gold bracelets?... And here you are. Diamonds. A crown for an empress... Here's your plantation Stella, right here... Well, the Kowalskis and the DuBois - there's just a different notion on this.


[as Stanley's friends gather to play poker]
Stella: The blind are leading the blind!


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The movie's line "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." was voted as the #75 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Shot on a 36-day schedule.
Despite giving the definitive portrayal of Stanley Kowalski, Marlon Brando said he privately detested the character. However, it should be added that Brando was an eccentric character who loved misleading people and playing pranks.
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