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A Streetcar Named Desire

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Original title
A Streetcar Named Desire
Running time
122 min.
United States United States
Tennessee Williams. Theater: Tennessee Williams
Alex North
Harry Stradling Sr. (B&W)
Warner Bros.
Drama | Southern Gothic
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Tennessee Williams Adaptations
After her husband's suicide, Blanche, helpless and disoriented, takes refuge in New Orleans at the home of her young sister Stella, married to the brutish Stanley Kowalski. While trying to start a new life for herself, Blanche begins to frequent several of Stanley's friends and becomes close to the timid Mitch, who is fascinated by her ambiguous behavior. All too soon, however, bending to the constant pressure she is under in her new home, Blanche confesses that she had fled because of her own immoral conduct, losing the family property that should have gone to Stella as well. Slowly, a subtle rite of seduction takes place between Stanley and Blanche, fed by the explosive physical presence of the former and the perverse seductiveness of the latter.
Rankings Position
1951: 4 Academy Awards: Actress (Leigh), Supporting Actor (Malden), Supporting Actress (Hunter), Art Direction B&W
1951: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Kim Hunter). 3 Nominations
1952: BAFTA Awards: Best British Actress (Vivien Leigh). Nominated for Best Film
1951: Venice: Special Jury Prize & Best Actress (Vivien Leigh)
1951: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director & Actress (Leigh). 4 Nominations
1951: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1951: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
1951: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
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