Rent A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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The story of the fragile sentimentalism of a former prostitute who visits her sister only to be taunted mercilessly by her childish brother-in-law. A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director's Version is the Elia Kazan/ Tennessee Williams film moviegoers would have seen had not Legion of Decency censorship occurred at the last time. It features three minutes of previously unseen footage underscoring, among other things, the sexual tension between Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) and Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), and Stella Kowalski's (Kim Hunter) passion for husband Stanley.
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Charles K. Feldman
Tennessee Williams, Oscar Saul
Richard Day, Harry Stradling, Alex North, George James Hopkins, Nathan Levinson, Lucinda Ballard
Classics, Drama
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1953 BAFTA Best Actress

1952 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

1952 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

1952 Oscar Best Actress

1952 Oscar Best Art Direction Black and White

1951 Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize

1951 Venice Film Festival Best Actress

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Run Time:
120 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Polish Voice Over Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Czech, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Commentary by Karl Malden and Film Historians Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young
  • Elia Kazan Movie Trailer Gallery
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Run Time:
125 minutes
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0, Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0, French Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0
Brazilian, Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
B & W
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  • Movie and Audio Outtakes
  • Marlon Brando Screen Test
  • Feature-Length Profile Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey
  • 5 Insightful Documentaries: A Streetcar on Broadway / A Streetcar in Hollywood / Censorship and Desire North and the Music of the South / An Actor Named Brando
  • Commentary by Karl Maiden and Film Historians Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young
  • Trailer

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Southern Drama. - A Streetcar Named Desire review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
Updated 17/09/2021

Tennessee Williams' American theatre classic was transferred to Hollywood by its stage producer Elia Kazan with reluctance as he felt he had achieved as much as he could with the play on Broadway. It was controversial material for New York, but in Hollywood it was scandalous. But the play survives remarkably intact.

 This was the first Hollywood film to feature a jazz soundtrack. Some of it was suppressed for being too sexy (it is pretty hot!). Language and insinuation formed battle lines. While the play is about changes in the American South and the corrupting nature of human violence, it is just as true to say the play was about Williams' own heart. He felt violated by the furore.

 Kazan took three of his main players with him to Warners: Karl Malden, Kim Hunter (superb), and Marlon Brando. Brando was a sensation. We'll never know what a shock his performance must have been. Nothing like it had been seen on the screen before. It's crazy Brando didn't win the Oscar.

The other three stars did (and Kazan) including Vivien Leigh as the ethereal, vulnerable Blanche. Leigh and Brando's scenes together are sensational. They made two of the great dramatic roles their own. Blanche's fight for survival is heartbreaking. She becomes an exotic, outré figure of southern gothic, destroyed by what the changing world has become. 

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