A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG   |    |  Drama


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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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  • Marlon Brando on the set of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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  • Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Marlon Brando with Kim Hunter on the set of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
  • Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Marlon Brando and Peg Hillias on the set of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

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Did You Know?

Trivia

By the time the film was made, the Desire streetcar line had been converted to buses, but streetcars were still used in other parts of the city. The authorities were able to lend the production a car with the Desire destination sign for the opening sequences of Blanche's arrival in the city.


Quotes

A Sailor: Can I help you, ma'am?
Blanche DuBois: Why, they told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields.


Goofs

During the conversation about the Napoleonic Code between Stella and Stanley, the plate Stanley has been eating off of disappears off of the top of the trunk, which is suddenly open.


Alternate Versions

Kazan was forced to cut several seconds from the scene where Stanley calls Stella down from Eunice's apartment, particularly the shots of Stella lingering at the top of the stairs and regarding her husband with a look of pure lust on her face before slowly making her way down and meeting him in a passionate embrace. Instead, several prints had Stella shadowed, opening the door to exit the apartment, and following with a shot of her already halfway down the steps. The music cue was also different: the raw, sultry jazz score was replaced with a more flowery romantic one. Both the full scene and the original music cue were restored in the "director's cut" DVD.


Soundtracks

It's Only a Paper Moon
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by
Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose
Sung by Vivien Leigh while doing her hair

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