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A Streetcar Named Desire

Vivien Leigh  Actor Marlon Brando  Actor Kim Hunter  Actor Karl Malden  Actor Rudy Bond  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Adult Situations,Not For Children

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A Streetcar Named Desire

UPC: 883929189670

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Adult Situations, Not For Children]

Summary: In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew. Attracted to Stanley's friend Mitch (Karl Malden), she glosses over the less savory incidents in her past, but she soon discovers that she cannot outrun that past, and the stage is set for her final, brutal confrontation with her brother-in-law. Brando, Hunter, and Malden had all starred in the original Broadway version of Streetcar, although the original Blanche had been Jessica Tandy. Brando lost out to Humphrey Bogart for the 1951 Best Actor Oscar, but Leigh, Hunter, and Malden all won Oscars. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Drama

Awards: Best British Actress – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source – British Academy of Film and Television Arts 100 Greatest American Movies – American Film Institute U.S. National Film Registry – Library of Congress Best Director – Directors Guild of America Best Picture - Drama – null Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Supporting Actress – null Best Actor – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – National Board of Review Special Jury Prize – Venice International Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress – Venice International Film Festival Best Picture – New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress – New York Film Critics Circle Best Director – New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: 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 Malden and film historians Rudy Behimer and Jeff Young
Theatrical trailers

A Streetcar Named Desire

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 04/10/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 Academy Apeture

Audio: DHMA

Runtime: 125 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: French,Spanish

Lucia Bozzola

With the same director (Elia Kazan), a screenplay co-adapted by the playwright (Tennessee Williams), and three-quarters of the Broadway production's stars, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) transcended "filmed theater" to become a groundbreaking Hollywood work. Battling the stringent Production Code, Kazan and Williams made concessions concerning the "perverse" sexual elements of Blanche DuBois' past, but they retained the crucial rape of "delicate," old-fashioned Blanche by brutal, "modern" Stanley Kowalski, earning the Code's approval for a film definitively aimed toward adults. Marlon Brando's star-making performance as the "Stella"-howling Stanley burned itself into popular consciousness with its combination of carnality and Method-acting "naturalness," establishing Brando as the premier purveyor of the then-innovative Method acting style and a striking erotic presence. The more traditional Vivien Leigh, replacing Broadway's Jessica Tandy, similarly flourished as Blanche, while the Oscar-winning art direction, Harry Stradling's photography, and Alex North's moody, influential jazz score enhanced the hothouse atmosphere. The film was nominated for 12 Oscars, including Best Picture, and took home awards for Leigh, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter, though Brando lost to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen. It was re-released in 1993 with four minutes of footage that had originally been censored by the Legion of Decency, including close-ups of Hunter's Stella eyeing Stanley with too much desire. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Charles K. Feldman  Producer 
Elia Kazan  Director 
Alex North  Composer (Music Score) 
Tennessee Williams  Screenwriter 
Oscar Saul  Screenwriter 
Vivien Leigh  Actor 
Marlon Brando  Actor 
Kim Hunter  Actor 
Karl Malden  Actor 
Rudy Bond  Actor 
Nick Dennis  Actor 
Peg Hillias  Actor 
Richard Garrick  Actor 
Ann Dere  Actor 
Edna Thomas  Actor 
Mel Archer  Actor 
Marietta Canty  Actor 
Lyle Latell  Actor 
Charles Wagenheim  Actor 
Maxie Thrower  Actor 
Wright King  Actor 
Mickey Kuhn  Actor 
Chester Jones  Actor 

Country: USA