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Streetcar Named Desire

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
9.18 /10
Vivien Leigh , Marlon Brando , Kim Hunter
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Directed by: Elia Kazan
Written by: Tennessee Williams, Oscar Saul from Tennessee Williams's play

Released: 1951
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 122

Neurotic southern belle (Vivien Leigh) has her personality dismantled by her brutish brother-in-law (Marlon Brando).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Tennessee Williamsís powerful play, with its stylised dialogue, is brought somewhat theatrically to the screen. Blanche's nymphomania has been toned down, and the homosexuality of her first husband has disappeared altogether, but the film is sexually frank for its day. The critical acclaim which greeted Marlon Brandoís electrifying performance as Stanley Kowalski has tended to obscure the fact that the film is mainly notable as a piece of ensemble acting. Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden won Academy Awards: Brando had to be satisfied with being nominated - he lost out to Humphrey Bogart, in The African Queen.

The film was nominated for Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling) Score (Alex North), Sound Recording (Colonel Nathan Levinson), Costume Design (Lucinda Ballard). Richard Day and George James Hopkins won the Oscars for art direction and set decoration.

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