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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:12 PM

A Streetcar Named Desire...

What a great play and even even better movie.

First time I saw it was when I was a kid and didn't get the full ghist of the play. We also read it in College.

I watched it again a few years ago and now I can see how great all the actors were.

I always thought that Kim Hunter wasn't really that great of an actress but watching that scene where she walks out of the apartment up stairs when Stanley is crying out in anguish and how she changes from frightened woman to sulty, primitive sexual being just by the way she changes her face...

Williams sure got right down to the raw base of humanity in this one.

Clash of class as the antebellum gave way to the rise and celeration of working men right after WWII.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:01 PM

1. This old maid, she had a parrot that cursed a blue streak

and knew more vulgar expressions than Mr. Kowalski.

They just don't make 'em like that anymore, now do they Chris?

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:10 AM

2. I saw the movie, but never read it or studied it. Is it about clash of class?

I didn't get that from it at all. Was that one of thepoints? Who was a different class? They were all middle class/lower class, weren't they?

I thought it was about sensitive people & how they buckle under the weight of the cruelty that life can be (Blanche), and how cruel and selfish people can be (Stanley). I thought Blanche had delusions of grandeur because of her mental breakdown...her inability to cope with life. Stella copes....but she's a doormat. Stanley copes by trying to bend life and those around him to fit what he will accept.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:33 AM

3. Stella and Blanche came from an old family and I gather they were the last to occupy their

family plantation. That's why Stanley was going on and on about Blanche putting on airs.

Blanche shot and killed her gay husband and that is why she ended up as, well, the painted lady from Oriole.

In the play, Stanley rapes Blanche and Stella doesn't leave him like she does at the end of the movie.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:46 PM

5. I should read that. Thanks. nt

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:35 PM

4. I saw it on Broadway in '88 starring Aidan Quinn, Blythe Danner as

Blanche, and Frances McDormand as Stella. It was great! I had never read the play nor seen the movie so I didn't know anything about it. It was a class trip with my high school English class.

One correction I believe--I think Blanche's husband committed, not her killing him.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:46 PM

6. Vivien Leigh is my favorite actress....

but I read somebody saying that Kim Hunter deserved her Oscar just based on that scene alone. I concur.

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