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on August 6, 2002
I'm curious to know if anyone has read the play. Because, I want to know what they think of the ending in the movie version. It completly changes the tone and subject of the movie! Let me tell you something: this play was supposed to be about Blanche's tragedy. Changing the ending takes that element away. You can no longer call it a tragedy, and all of the sudden now the movie is about Stella.
Coming from someone who absolutely LOVED reading the play, I think this new ending is a complete cop out. Well, it is. I know it was forced on the studio from people who didn't think the original ending was "appropriate."
My advice: read the play. It's better. Actually, the movie is also really good as well....except when it gets to the ending.
All in all, I was really disappointed with how it ended. Should've stuck to the original ending that was in the play. I would've given it 5 stars had it not been for the ridiculous "forced" ending.
But that's just one man's opinion.
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on February 14, 2001
Watching this l950 movie was a truamatic experience for me, the three times that I've viewed it. For anyone who fell in love with the enchanting, charismatic, beautiful Vivien Leigh in "Gone With the Wind", this is a real shocker, as she portrays the fragile, tragic Blanche DuBois. Leigh's Scarlett was so courageous, fearless and gutsy. In Blanche, it's like watching Melanie without her steely backbone and elegant courage. Several Leigh biographers describe how Leigh casually underwent shock treatments throughout the filming of "Streetcar," because her emotional state had deteriorated to an alarming degree. In a somewhat sadistic touch, Director Elia Kazan had the identical male actor who portrayed Melanie's son in "Gone With the Wind" (you can see him briefly in the playroom scene where Rhett puts Bonnie Butler in his lap and tells her they're going to London)play the military man who helps Vivien from the Streetcar at the very beginning. Despite the watered down ............ element that was played on Broadway, Streetcar is a mesmerizing experience--but if you're a Vivien Leigh worshipper like myself, then watching this 50-year-old movie a depressing experience.
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on July 5, 2000
In 1946, Brando appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. His costars were Karl Malden, Kim Hunter, and Jessica Tandy. After well over a year of performing together, the team is probably working perfectly, despite Brando's reputation for pulling focus. Next, they make a movie, and cast Lady Olivier instead of Jessica Tandy, for no other reason than this: the former (and scandalously overrated) Scarlett O'Hara has just played Blanche onstage in the West End, and is much more bankable than Ms. Tandy. Final result: we are all losers! A great acting quartet has been broken up, and an opportunity to preserve some groundbreaking American acting has been lost. Vivien Leigh is OK, but mannered and stagey. Vestiges of Sir Laurence, who never did understand American theatre, abound. Future generations are denied the opportunity to see a great cast enact a great work. Streetcar wins three acting Oscars: Brando, in one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, loses to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen (not his best work). Brando earns the respect of Tennessee Williams, which is worth twelve Oscars. This is probably the best of filmed Streetcars. Subsequent efforts find performers such as Ann-Margret and Jessica Lange too strong for the role of Blanche (Vivien Leigh captured the psychic weakness of the character, but I'd still give anything to see Jessica Tandy in the role she created!) and nobody has ever come close to Marlon Brando - to say nothing of Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. Miscasting, coupled with an overly sensationalistic score, makes this film an overrated quasi-classic. IMHO, of course ;-)
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on July 17, 2001
Basically, the only normal person in this movie is Stella. Stan is clearly bipolar or manic depressive: one minute he's cooing and caressing Stella; next minute he's throwing radios out of the window. Blanche is just kooky and belongs in a loony bin: she's got her 50-cent rhinestone tiara and her worn out Mardi Gras dress to create enchantment with Mitch; on the other hand, she's bringing male victims into her lair. Even the neighbor upstairs is problematic. One minute her husband is beating her up. Next minute they're walking together lovingly arm-in-arm. Mama's-Boy-Mitch wants a woman but makes bad choice in Blanche. It's all such a mess. It's a pretty good movie though. The lines that made Brando & Leigh are just plain funny to me now.
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