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

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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120 minutes
English, German, Polish, Spanish
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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125 minutes
Cantalonian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • 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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Screen triumph. - A Streetcar Named Desire review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert

Tennessee Williams' American theatre classic was transferred to Hollywood by its stage producer Elia Kazan somewhat reluctantly as he felt he had achieved as much as he could with the play on Broadway. He was persuaded to direct by Williams, perhaps alarmed at suggestions that his great heroine, Blanche Dubois, was to be played by Bette Davis or Olivia De Havilland.

The play was controversial for New York, but in Hollywood it was a cause celebre. Streetcar was the first film to feature a jazz soundtrack, and the Catholic League of Decency successfully had some of it 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, the corrupting nature of human violence, and the motivating influence of sex and death, it is just as true to say the play/film is about Williams' own heart, and he felt violated by the furore.

But his play survives remarkably intact (some censored lines have been subsequently returned to the film) and his script is pure gold. It is hard to conceive now what a great leap forward this was for Hollywood, in it's depiction of sexuality, making it a historically important production. Kazan took three of his main players to Warners with him, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter, who is superb, and Marlon Brando. Brando was a sensation. We'll never experience what a shock his performance was for audiences. Nothing like it had been seen on the screen before. I love Bogart, but it's crazy Brando didn't win the actors Oscar ahead of him that year.

The other three stars won Oscars (as did Kazan) including Vivien Leigh as Blanche (she had played a southern belle before!). Her and Brando's scenes are breathtaking. In this film, these actors made two of the great lead parts in drama their own. It is tremendously atmospheric. And it is the best cinematic work of everyone involved.

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