The Vampire Blanche

        This film adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, was made in 1951 directed by Elia Kazan. The film is about Blanche Dubois (Vivien Leigh), who is in need of a place to stay, so she relies on her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter). Blanche’s sister greets her with open arms despite their not being as close as they once were. Stella’s husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando), is not as happy to see her. After a while of living with the Kowalski’s, Blanche meets Mitch (Karl Malden). They seem to really hit it off until Stanley tells Mitch about what he knows about Blanche. At first her does not believe him, so he does some investigation himself but uncovers the same truths. This all ends with Mitch deciding not to marry her after all.

        Over the course of the film the pale Blanche really does not go out during the day. She goes out at night and even then tries to go to ill lit places. To most people this would seem that she wants to cover up her age. I, however, see this as a sign that she is a vampire. To be more specific she is a Malkavian. This particular brand of vampire shows signs of insanity and often times speaks in riddles. Sometimes there are great truths to a Malkavian’s words, and other times it is incomprehensible babble. Before the end of the film when the doctor and the nurse are taking her away to the psychiatric ward, she shows the most signs of being a Malkavian. She babbles to the angry Mitch about all the tales of her past suitors, such as all the young navy boys; it would seem that these were the people that she had fed off of the most.

        Overall I thought this was a great movie. but that is mostly due to the fact that I thought Blanche was a vampire the majority of the movie. The book is still better, but the film gives some great visual cues of things like body language. I think this with a little bit of script changing could set up for a great miniseries or even another movie about vampires.

Levi Jones