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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

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Everything that kept the Broadway Streetcar from spinning off into ridiculous melodrama - everything thoughtful, muted, three-dimensional - has been raped, along with poor Blanche Dubois, in the Hollywood version... Brando, having fallen hard for the critics' idea that Stanley is simply animal and slob, now screams and postures and sweeps plates off the table with an ape-like emphasis that unfortunately becomes predictable.

(Manny Farber, Nation)

Stops at every possible point along its route to pick up new variations on the theme of human degradation... The excellence of some of the acting and writing serves only to emphasize the negative, defeatist and decadent nature of the film.

(Thomas Spencer, Daily Worker)

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