A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

DVD - 2010
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After being exiled from her hometown of Auriol, Mississippi for seducing a seventeen-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly at the New Orleans home of her pregnant sister Stella Kowalski and her husband Stanley. Stanley, both repulsed and attracted to Blanche, discovers that she has mortgaged property left to both sisters and spent all the money whereby he sets about discovering everything else he can about her past. Tension between Blanche and Stanley builds as time passes and is intensified when Blanche begins dating one of Stanley's poker buddies.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2010]
ISBN: 9780780666870
0780666879
Branch Call Number: DVD Streetcar
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
digital,optical,mono,Dolby digital
1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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ThomasJWhiting
Dec 28, 2016

VERY GOOD 1951 film based on Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tennessee Williams.
Very high quality film making, acting (Brando at age 24 is terrific, so is Vivien Leigh at age 38).
I have been watching several of the film adaptations of Tennessee Williams material and, although I do find them dramatically interesting/compelling, their fairly consistent negative socioeconomic underpinnings have become a bit tiresome to me. Guess that's just a reflection of Tennessee William's, um, troubled life...
And film score is another terrific effort by fab Alex North.

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GusAndAbe
Nov 22, 2016

Incredible!

hbrown10011 Jul 19, 2015

Brilliant!

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Gizmo_Joe
Jul 14, 2015

Okay. I'm not knocking A Streetcar Named Desire as a whole, but, with that said, there was just one niggling, little thing about the story that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And, what I'd sure like to know is - Why, if Stanley had such a good job at the plant, and all, was he, and his wife, Stella, living in bloody skid row in such a ratty dump-of-a-place as they were?

I really can't figure out the reason for these 2 people living in such squalid conditions as they did (especially since Stella was a stay-at-home wife). Like, why the hell didn't this lazy woman pick up a broom once in a while and, maybe, even try to be a bit creative and fix the dump, she and Stanley were living in, up?

But, I guess, with Stanley being the (pardon the expression) "Pollock" pig that he was, this filth hole was the sort of pig-sty environment that suited him perfectly with his greasy fingers and his pawing the insatiable Stella night and day.

Anyway - That's my big beef about A Streetcar Named Desire which, otherwise, I thought was an alright 1950's drama, for the most part.

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Audrey1976
Jul 01, 2015

Incredible acting. Vivien Leigh's performance is probably her best after Gone With the Wind, of course. Marlon Brando is spot on as the thug Stanley. Well cast study of marital relations, mental health and social classes. A haunting film - but a must see.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 08, 2015

Favorite movie-quote - (Blanche speaking to Stella behind Stanley's back) - "There's even something subhuman about him."

Now, I would never, ever say that A Streetcar Named Desire is a film that can be appreciated by everyone, but, regardless, it is still certainly well-worth a view for anyone who's at all interested in seeing top-notch film-making, early 1950's-style.

If you ask me - This film is the absolute epitome of powerhouse movie-making from a very specific era in Hollywood history.

Being someone, like myself, who can often be quite bluntly critical about films, I'm really very surprised and, yes, equally pleased to see how well this film actually holds up today, 64 years later.

Containing some very well-defined characters - A Streetcar Named Desire certainly delivers, in aces, equal helpings of insensitive brutality, heartless viciousness, and despairing mental instability. Believe me, this is not a happy story.

When it comes to that old, familiar saying - "They don't make movies like this anymore." - A Streetcar Named Desire certainly packs a powerful punch and lives up to its stellar reputation very satisfactorily.

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Isley
Jun 09, 2014

If it were not for Brando's amazing performance I'd say this wouldn't be nearly as impressive of a film. It also doesn't help that Brando is so good that he steals every scene he is in, essentially turning the film into a "wait for Brando's brutish, cruel and undeniably charismatic character to show up" game.

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empbee
Apr 27, 2014

All time great classic.

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sdelao
Nov 02, 2012

An absolute gem to watch! Brando and Leigh are outstanding!!

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Intense 1951 drama, written by Tennessee Williams, and directed by the renowned Elia Kazan, that was considered to be risque (!) to "The Legion of Decency", powerful censors of the day. Brando is nothing short of dynamic as the brutish, abusive Stanley Kowalski, a volatile personality Marlon admittedly despised. Vivien Leigh scored the major role of the haughty Blanche DuBois, his sister in law, (and undesirable semi-permanent houseguest), who is a mentally unstable ex-schoolteacher (with a sordid past) who competes with Stanley for her sister's affection and attention. Needless to say, things don't go well. Terrific jazzy musical score by Alex North (which was also partially censored!). Fantastic piece of cinematic history. FIVE STARS.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stanley: "...Stella!... ...HEY STELLAAAAA!!!..."

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stanley (to Blanche): Take a look at yourself here in a worn out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for 50 cents from some rag picker. And with a crazy crown on. Now what kind of a queen do you think you are? Do you know that I've been on to you from the start, and not once did you pull the wool over this boy's eyes? You come in here and you sprinkle the place with powder and you spray perfume and you stick a paper lantern over the light bulb - and, lo and behold, the place has turned to Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile, sittin' on your throne, swillin' down my liquor. And do you know what I say? Ha ha! DO YOU HEAR ME? HA HA HA!!!

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Blanche: You're married to a madman. Stella: I wish you'd stop taking it for granted that I'm in something I want to get out of. Blanche: What you are talking about is desire - just brutal desire. The name of that rattle-trap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another. Stella: Haven't you ever ridden on that streetcar? Blanche: It brought me here. Where I'm not wanted and where I'm ashamed to be.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stella: Don't you think your superior attitude is a little out of place? Blanche: May I speak plainly?...If you'll forgive me, he's common... He's like an animal. He has an animal's habits. There's even something subhuman about him. Thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is. Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age, bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle. And you - you here waiting for him. Maybe he'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you, that's if kisses have been discovered yet. His poker night you call it. This party of apes.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Blanche: Oh, in my youth I excited some admiration. But look at me now! Would you think it possible that I was once considered to be attractive? Stanley: Your looks are okay. Blanche: I was fishing for a compliment Stanley. Stanley: I don't go in for that stuff. Blanche: What stuff? Stanley: Compliments to women about their looks. I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good lookin' or not without bein' told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got. I once went out with a dame who told me: "I'm the glamorous type", she says. "I am the glamorous type!" I say: "So What?" Blanche: And what did she say then? Stanley: She didn't say nothin'. That shut her up like a clam. Blanche: Did it end the romance? Stanley: It ended the conversation that was all.

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Monolith
Mar 11, 2012

Stanley: You know that some men are taken in by all this Hollywood glamour and some just aren't. Blanche: I'm sure you belong in the second category. Stanley: That's right. Blanche: I cannot imagine any witch of a woman casting a spell over you. Stanley: That's right. Blanche: You're simple, straightforward and honest, a little bit on the primitive side, I should think. To interest you a woman would have to... Stanley: To lay her cards out on the table. Blanche: Well I never did care for wishy-washy people. That was why when you walked in last night, I said to myself, "my sister has married a MAN". Of course that was all I could hope to... Stanley: (He yells at her) How about cutting the rebop!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Blanche DuBois: This old maid, she had a parrot that cursed a blue streak and knew more vulgar expressions than Mr. Kowalski.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

A Sailor: Can I help you, ma'am?
Blanche DuBois: Why, they told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields

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Mar 27, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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