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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 the newspaper boy
  • 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 exclaiming "No, not now!" as the black-shrouded woman selling flowers moved straight toward her incanting: "Flores para los muertos"
  • the final confrontation (rape scene) between Stanley and Blanche in the apartment
  • Blanche being led away to an asylum by an elderly gentleman with her farewell: "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers"


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