A Streetcar Named Desire.
An early entry in Elia Kazan’s string of 1950’s neo-neo-realistic films, modeled on the Italian neo-realism a la Il Ladri di Biciccleta. The film doesn’t work quite as well as On the Waterfront, as the translation from the stage play makes it claustrophobic and, well, stagey. Vivien Leigh carries the film here, as Brando’s borish and intentionally weak Stanley submissively allow Blanche reign of the screen.
Shot carefully, with shadows and fog, Leigh embodies the false and helpless Blanche, with a certain irony in that it was a mirror of her own life.
Kaxzan’s craft was developing, and his early brilliance shines through here, later to be embodied in OtW.
Discuss. No HUAC bullshit.