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A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 is a controversial film classic adapted from Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize-winning play of 1947 Elia Kazan a socially conscious director who insisted that the film be true to the play directed this film The film challenged the censors with its bold adult drama and sexual subjects rape domestic violence and female promiscuity - it is the story of the mental and emotional demise of a delicate Southern lady Her downfall in the filthy French Quarter apartment of her sister and beastly husband is at the hands of savage and brutal forces in modern society In refuge she finds that her sister lives with drunkenness violence and ignorance The main character roles were played with remarkable performances - Vivien Leigh who recreated her role from the London production of the play portrayed the Southern belle heroine Kim Hunters role as her sister a role she originally played on Broadway was pivotal and Marlon Brando recreating his Broadway role delivers an overpowering memorable performance Set in New Orleans the film opens with the arrival of a train and southern belle Blanche DuBois - she has taken the train to the city As a joyous wedding party runs by in the station Blanche appears out of a cloud of steam emitted by the train engine carrying her suitcase Blanche is frail and in a neurotic emotional state In her very first lines she expresses her confusion to a young sailor mentioning three streetcar stops which symbolize her desperate situation The streetcar named Desire after Desire Street takes her to her sister Stella DuBois Kowalskis apartment in New Orleans French Quarter She has come for a visit she is surprised at the downstairs living accommodations of her sister a small shabby two-room place in a run-down neighborhood She finds her sister at the local bowling alley where her brother-in-law Stanley is bowling After hugging each other Blanche worries about her appearance Stella Kowalski
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