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A Streetcar Named Desire


Year: 1951 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 (Academy) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Elia Kazan 
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando  
An image from A Streetcar Named Desire

Adapted from Tennessee Williams’s tragic play, A Streetcar Named Desire depicts the tale of the beautiful Blanche Dubois (Vivien Leigh) who, after some mysterious incident comes to stay with her sister: Stella (Kim Hunter) and husband: Stanley (Marlon Brando) in run down New Orleans. Blanches delicate airs and graces create an obvious contrast between her and Stanley whose brutish and gaudy nature is impossible to overlook. Tensions continue to rise between Blanche and Stanley as she tries to convince her sister to leave her husband, however, with a child along the way, Stella cannot seem to tear herself away. Blanche manages to find hope in the form of Mitch, a friend of Stanley’s one evening, and decides she will run away with him. As the romance blossoms and Stella grows ever closer with her sister, Stanley is consumed with hatred and begins to investigate Blanche’s mysterious past. Soon Blanche’s lies begin to unravel and Stanley’s hold over her begins to grow leading to one of the most iconic modern tragedies ever written.

Lauren Howard

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Screenings of this film:

2015/2016 Spring Term (digital)