“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable, and the one thing of which I have never, ever been guilty of.”
Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in front of the camera. Elia Kazan behind it. All working from a story written by Tennessee Williams. Plenty of movies come with good pedigrees, but in the early 50s, this collection of people goes beyond dream team. It’s the kind of thing that means if the results were anything less than phenomenal, it would be considered a failure. It must have been immense pressure for everyone involved when they were making A Streetcar Named Desire, and they all stood up to the challenge, knocking it out of the park.
Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) arrives in New Orleans looking for her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter). When she tracks Stella down, she meets Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando). Causing trouble at the local bowling alley, Stanley immediately has Blanche on edge. Suspicious of why Blanche has left her job as a high school teacher, Stanley straight away expects the worst of his sister-in-law and tries to dig up some dirt to justify his suspicions. (more…)