A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Synopsis

"Perhaps the quintessential Kazan film, Streetcar Named Desire is, ironically, among the closest to his stage work. Only the urging of his good friend Tennessee Williams convinced Kazan to reluctantly take on the screen version of a play he had already directed successfully on Broadway. Kazan decided eventually to retain the play's general form while also increasing the tightness and tension of the dominant interior scenes by shooting largely in close-ups and medium shots. The only aberration from the play's mesmerizing original line-up was Vivien Leigh – forced upon Kazan by producer Charles Feldman, who insisted on the presence of a tested marquee star." – Harvard Film Archive

Technical Specs

Director: Elia Kazan
Year: 1951
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 122 min
Colour: B/W