1 Man 365 Films 365 Days – Day 120

A total of 8 films registered this week, which was finished of with this vintage gem…

82 / 365 – ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1951) – 122 mins
IMDb Challenge #48 / 250 – Ranked #201 – Via DVD collection

Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) is in real need of a protector at a stage in her life when circumstances lead her to paying a visit to her younger sister Stella (Kim Hunter) in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She doesn’t understand how Stella, who is expecting her first child, could have picked a husband so lacking in refinement, as Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando). When Stan’s buddies come over to the house to play cards, Mitch (Karl Malden) finds Blanche attractive – until Stanley tells him about what kind of woman Blanche really is. When Stella goes to the hospital to have her baby it’s just Blanche and her brother-in-law left in the house.

Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, everything smoulders away flawlessly in this raw and powerful character driven piece. Superbly shot in black and white, the sexual tension crackles with intimacy inside the atmospheric seedy New Orleans apartment as Blanche’s southern belle vulnerable self-image is stripped down by blue-collar worker Stanley’s swaggering brutalness. With riveting Oscar winning performances from its ensemble cast, Leigh, Malden, Hunter – it was Brando, even though nominated went criminally unrewarded for his raw and scaldingly brilliance.

A Streetcar Named Desire, is classic, classy and electrifying drama – where you would be a fool to let this desire pass….

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