That Lovely Man

     I attend the theaters quite frequently and was impressed by the Elia Kazan's 1951 adaptation of Tennessee William's 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire. I was impressed to see that Marlon Brando, that gorgeous stud, was playing the part of Stanley. After all, I meant for Stanley--I mean Tennessee Williams meant for Stanley to be the epitome of male sex appeal.

     Marlon Brando was desired by everyone and desired everyone. After all, he has the libido of a super male. I was disappointed to see that the scene where Stanley throws the meat at Stella was cut from the film version. This was upsetting because everyone knows the male is supposed to be dominating; and, by throwing the raw meat, he is claiming "I am a man, you are supposed to feed me, whether it is food or favors that I want."

     I am glad that the director got the point that it does not matter what the girls look like; the man is the center of the film. He creates the action and makes the decisions. However, it could not hurt if the male lead was a bit bisexual. The whole play is riddled with homosexual undertones. I wonder why? Could it be that the playwright had tendencies himself? I am sure it is.

     The way the cigarettes were held in their mouths is most suggestive. And when Blanche, played by Vivien Leigh, asks Stanley for a drag off his cigarette she is actually implying many sexual things.

     Again I must say that I was impressed by the film adaptation of my play--I mean, Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire.

Mendy Adair

Table of Contents