#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Blanche DuBois, a high school English teacher with an aristocratic background from Auriol, Mississippi, decides to move to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans after creditors take over the family property, Belle Reve. Blanche has also decided to take a break from teaching as she states the situation has frayed her nerves. Knowing nothing about Stanley or the Kowalskis’ lives, Blanche is shocked to find that they live in a cramped and run down ground floor apartment – which she proceeds to beautify by putting shades over the open light bulbs to soften the lighting – and that Stanley is not the gentleman that she is used to in men. As such, Blanche and Stanley have an antagonistic relationship from the start. Blanche finds that Stanley’s hyper-masculinity, which often displays itself in physical outbursts, is common, coarse and vulgar, being common which in turn is what attracted Stella to him. Beyond finding Blanche’s delicate hoidy-toidy act as putting on airs, Stanley, a plant worker, believes she may really have sold Belle Reve and is withholding Stella’s fair share of the proceeds from them. What further affects the relationship between the three is that Stella is in the early stage of pregnancy with her and Stanley’s first child. Soon after her arrival at the Kowalskis, Blanche starts to date Mitch, one of Stanley’s friends and coworkers who is a little softer around the edges than most of Stanley’s friends. Mitch does not hide the fact that he is looking in general to get married because of a personal issue, he wanting Blanche ultimately to be his wife. Mitch is somewhat unaware that Blanche has somewhat controlled their courtship to put herself in the best possible light, both figuratively and literally. But in Stanley’s quest to find out the truth about Belle Reve and Blanche’s life in Auriol, the interrelationships between Stanley, Blanche, Stella and Mitch may be irrevocably affected, with any revelation about that life which may further destroy what’s left of Blanche’s already damaged mental state.
Plot: Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
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“Where I’m Not Wanted and Ashamed to Be”
“Streetcar Named Desire” is an exceptional film, thanks to three essential components: (1) the superb acting ability of its two leads, Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, as well as that of the supporting cast, small in number but huge in its combined dramatic power, (2) an excellent screenplay by the original playwright, Tennessee Williams, that is packed from beginning to end with explosive, conflict driven dialogue, and (3) the brilliant direction of Elia Kazan who so skillfully brings the play to the screen.
In its legendary opening, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) emerges from a cloud of locomotive smoke and is helped onto a streetcar by a perfect stranger, a sailor. This simple act neatly ties the film’s beginning to Blanche’s final, heartbreaking line, “I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers”. She, as the central character, is lost in the big city, and she becomes more and more hopelessly adrift in the world as the film approaches its very tragic end.
Broke and friendless, Blanche lands in New Orleans where her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter) lives with her coarse, crude husband, Stanley Kowalski (Brando). Having lost her ancestral home on account of family-related debt and having been dismissed under vague circumstances from her position as a high school English teacher in the small Mississippi town from where she came, she has no other place to go at a time of dire need.
Although Stella is genuinely concerned about Blanche’s declining physical and mental state, the shabby apartment where she lives with Stanley consists of two small rooms, barely enough space for the Kowalskis even without Stanley’s regular poker group, which seems to park itself there at every available opportunity. What makes matters worse is Stanley’s loud and boisterous personality. From the start, Stanley resents the presence of Blanche, which he views as an unwanted, disruptive invasion of his marriage and his home. He regards her with total distrust and disdain. Another reviewer here interpreted this as a cultural clash between the old and the new South, and I think that is a very astute observation. In any case, Stanley is totally unsympathetic to Blanche’s plight and looks upon her with nothing but suspicion and contempt.
Blanche is trapped in the claustrophobic and confining prison of the dingy Kowalski apartment. For one, fleeting moment, she believes that Mitch (Karl Malden), Stanley’s poker buddy and co-worker, stands as her one bright hope of liberation from the walls that continue to close around her, but he turns out to be anything but her desperately needed “knight in shining armor”. Tragically, Mitch, a weak individual who is still dominated by a strong mother well into his adulthood, is the last person with the ability to give Blanche the love and strength that she so urgently needs and to whisk her away from the stifling, debilitating atmosphere of the Kowalski dungeon. Blanche’s one, last hope for personal redemption soon fades away forever.
I read that, under different circumstances, the lead roles could have been awarded to Olivia de Haviland and John Garfield. As much as I like them both, this would have been a much different movie with them as the leads. Ms. Leigh, a stunning Englishwoman who managed to score two Oscars for playing two iconic, southern American characters, portrays a mentally declining Blanche with great depth and compassion. As to Mr. Brando’s brutish and obnoxious Stanley, you’ve got to see him in action to appreciate his magnificent performance. As in the case of his Terry Malloy in “On the Waterfront”, I don’t believe that Stanley’s most famous lines from this film would be among the most imitated to this day if they weren’t delivered so dynamically by Brando in the first place. “Hey, Stel-la!” Sorry. I just couldn’t help myself.
While Brando was beaten out of the Oscar by Humphrey Bogart in “African Queen” (not my favorite Bogey movie by a long shot), Leigh, Malden, and Hunter swept the awards for their performances here and deservedly so. The memorable role of feisty neighbor Eunice also launched Pat Hillias’s successful career throughout the golden age of television during the 1950’s until her tragic and untimely death in 1960.
If you want to watch an unforgettable rendering of a strong, intense script that is worthy of such a talented cast and director, don’t miss this one.
Still hits hard after all this time
Like THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is one of the most famous films of its era and a film that seems to be incredibly ahead of its time. It’s a low budget effort, crisply shot and directed, and a film that simmers with power and sexual tension. An ageing Vivian Leigh gives an excellent performance as the washed-up Blanche DuBois and her character has the kind of depth rarely found in cinema. Marlon Brando matches her in a breakout performance on which he would later build with ON THE WATERFRONT. For a character piece, this is a film packed with memorable interludes and hard-hitting conversations.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 2 min (122 min), 2 hr 5 min (125 min) (re-release) (USA)
Director Elia Kazan
Writer Tennessee Williams, Oscar Saul
Actors Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter
Country United States
Awards Won 4 Oscars. 17 wins & 15 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera Mitchell BNC
Film Length 3,345.79 m, 3,349 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm