Brando Offers Comic Relief

         While I am a generation or two too late to have enjoyed Marlon Brando as an emerging actor, I have come to thoroughly enjoy him now. I have known who Brando was from films and shows he has played in since he was older, but I had never been acquainted with any of his earlier works. That was the case, until I watched the 1951 version of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, based on the 1947 play by Tennessee Williams, starring both Brando and Vivien Leigh.

         I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I both enjoyed it as a drama and a comedy. While I am sure the original intentions of Williams for the play were not for it to be a comedy--Brando's Stanley Kowalski was full of energy, life, and comic relief. I feel that Brando made this movie great. He was so full of energy that you could see in every scene. There was one scene in this film where which Stanley, Stella (Kim Hunter), and Blanche were eating dinner, and Stella reprimands Stanley. Brando's Stanley blows up and starts "clearing the table" by throwing his dishes on the ground and his cup against the wall in a rage. Although this scene is meant to depict Stanley's anger, it is to me, one of the funniest scenes in the film. After he gets through with his rant, he almost politely asks Stella if she wants him to "clear her place," to which she quickly puts her hands on her plate. Not only I, but those around me, could not resist from laughing at his childish actions and cynical humor.

         Stanley did have obvious flaws and anger issues, but under all those actions, Brando made him seem to be a "likable guy"--a "hardworking guy" with a sense of humor, who loved his wife and only wanted the best for the two of them.

Brittany Binkley

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