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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

In director Elia Kazan's brilliant film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play:

  • the sexy and electrifying image of an animalistic, muscle-bound, beefy and inarticulate Stanley Kowalski (Oscar-nominated Marlon Brando) in a torn, sweaty T-shirt, on the street, bellowing and screaming up to his wife: "Hey Stell lahhhh..."
  • pregnant Stella's (Oscar-winning Kim Hunter) descent on the stairs when Stanley begged for forgiveness from her and they shared a close embrace - with his ear against her swollen body to hear their unborn child's heartbeat
  • the scene of faded Southern belle Blanche's (Oscar-winning Vivien Leigh) conversation with a young newspaper boy (Wright King); he reminded her of her young husband who had committed suicide, and still neurotically grieving, she wanted to subconsciously make up for his death; she caused the bashful young man to linger with small talk, and then seductively offered herself for a maternal kiss
Blanche Kissing Young Boy (Wright King)
  • the vicious interplay and tension between Stanley and Blanche
  • the "I'm the King around here..." dinner scene
  • Mitch's (Oscar-winning Karl Malden) scene with Blanche holding her face up to a naked light bulb
  • Blanche exclaimed: "No, not now!" as the black-shrouded woman selling flowers moved straight toward the front door, incanting: "Flores para los muertos" ("Flowers for the dead")
  • the final confrontation (assault-rape scene) between Stanley and Blanche in the apartment

Prelude to Stanley's Rape of Blanche

Rough-housing/Rape Assault

Blanche Thrown Into Mirror - Causing Her to Faint or to Be Knocked Unconscious
  • Blanche was led away to an asylum by an elderly gentleman with her farewell: "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers"

Stanley: "Hey Stell lahhhh..."

Stella Hugging Stanley

Stanley: "I'm the King around here!"

Mitch Holding Blanche's Face Up to Naked Light Bulb

"Flowers for the Dead"

Blanche: "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers"


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