A Streetcar Named Desire

BBFC RatingA Streetcar Named Desire

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DirectorElia Kazan
Running Time2HR 5MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Elia Kazan’s game-changing film of Tennessee Williams’ stage hit brought Marlon Brando – and the Method – to the attention of filmgoers worldwide.

Heated tensions arise when ‘resting’ Mississippi teacher Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to stay with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter) in the cramped New Orleans apartment she shares with her husband Stanley (Brando). Hot-tempered and unashamedly macho, Stanley has no time for Blanche’s insistent gentility... 

Making eloquent use of Harry Stradling’s black-and-white cinematography and Richard Day’s sets, Kazan creates an atmosphere of clammy, claustrophobic intensity, in which the different acting styles of Brando and Leigh (who’d performed in Olivier’s London production of the play) actually enhance the conflict between their characters. A classic, now gloriously restored.