Two Great Performances

        I would have to consider the 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, to be a pretty good movie. Overall, I was pleased with how the movie went. In my opinion I would have to give most credit to the actors. Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh both put on really great performances. Actors can always make a film great if they are in fact great.

        Viven Leigh, who played Blanche DuBois, did a fantastic job playing the slightly crazy lady. Blanche was somewhat troubled throughout her life. She seemed to be going through hard times, making her a much more dramatic role to play. This dramatic role appeared to be no problem for Vivien Leigh; however; she portrayed Blanche effectively. She really made Blanche seem “crazy,” which the character itself was kind of this way, but she really worked it out nicely. Vivien Leigh was a great actress for this role.

        To me, the star of the film was Marlon Brando. He played the character Stanley Kowalski, and he was amazing. Stanley was a drunk. His alcoholism developed into some dangerous moods, overall ending with violence…mainly towards his wife, Stella (Kim Hunter). To play this type of character you really need a great actor. Marlon Brandon made this character; he was superb in every aspect. I was actually very surprised with how well he did in this movie. He really did a great job of making Stanley into the aggressive drunk he was. Marlon Brando really was the star of this movie, and it is quite obvious when you watch it.

        These two performers really did make this movie. Their interactions with one another and just their individual performances were great. Having a good cast in movie can really make a difference in its outcome. I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, and I would probably watch it again.

Shaun Brown