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Critique of the movie 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) was a play by Tennessee Williams who also wrote the play The Glass Menagerie. It was a film of anger, loneliness, and shame. Every actor in the film made his or her own brilliant performance. The director was Elia Kazan who also directed movies like On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass, and East of Eden. The film stared Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois, Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski, Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski, and Karl Malden as Harold "Mitch" Mitchell.

Blanche Dubois, who has been fired from her teaching job, arrives unannounced at the small two-room apartment of her sister, Stella Kowalski. Stella, who lives with Stanley, her rough and bossy husband, in a poor section of the French Quarter in New Orleans, welcomes her older sister. Blanche who is desperately trying to cling to her sanity and forget her unpleasant past, but Stanley's lack of sympathy and suspicion of her motives don't make it easy. Finally, we find out she lost her job as a schoolteacher because of a fling with a seventeen-year old student. In fact, she has been permanently exiled from Laurel.

The screenplay could easily be summed up in only a quick summary, but how it emerged was a complete masterpiece. The abuse from Stanley's behalf was pretty vivid for that era because it was mostly innocent comedies. For this era, a girl always keeps going back to the abusive husband and forgives him, so it never seems to change. Everything in this movie made it a strong play because of how realistic everything became and how it could actually happen to people struggling in the world.

The actors did a striking show by how they made it their own. Leigh made her role as a lonely person to confident woman who is very proper with secrets. She can make the audience think she is this radiant beauty in the darkness where



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