Greatness at Work

        The 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, was a film to be desired again and again. In the beginning of the movie I feared that it would be not be enjoyable because I did not enjoy the play. Nonetheless, I was proven wrong. I was extremely pleased with two of the actors in the film. Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando had immaculate performances in the film.

        Vivien Leigh portrayed the character perfectly. She was able to be crazy and sane simultaneously. Leigh had a difficult dramatic character to play. She seemed to live a troubled life, in the past and in the present. In the beginning of the movie Blanche Dubois was in need of a place to stay; and her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), allowed her to stay with her. It was obvious that Stella’s husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando), did not want her presence in the house or anywhere near him or his family. As Blanche became adapted to her temporary living environment, she met a man named Mitch (Karl Malden) whom she seemed to have a connection with; however, with the ongoing theme this too was troubled. Stanley told Mitch about her past, which completely changed his thinking and feelings for Blanche. Vivien Leigh took each difficulty in stride, making her character more and more interesting. When she was on the film screen, I could not take my eyes off her because she was so captivating as her character, Blanche.

        Marlon Brando did a fabulous job of playing that character of Stanley Kowalski. It was evident from the movie that he was a drunkard in character. His drunken behaviors turned into violence and then into regret and sorrow. Blanche would enrage him, making him lash out at anyone and everyone present. When his wife, Stella would retreat to safety, he would realize that he had messed up and would call out to his wife for her to return to him. Marlon Brando was fit for the part of Stanley Kowalski. He was able to capture the anger that the character Stanley had, and was to move his audience through his acting.

         A Streetcar Named Desire was a great movie with fabulous characters. It is the characters that truly make the story enjoyable for the audience and Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando fit their parts brilliantly. I was very pleased with each of their performances; and, because of that, I truly enjoyed the movie!

Brittany Hall