A Streetcar Named Desire

Synopsis: Blanche DuBois, a high school English teacher with an aristocratic background from Auriol, Mississippi, decides to move to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans after creditors take over the family property, Belle Reve. Blanche has also decided to take a break from teaching as she states the situation has frayed her nerves. Knowing nothing about Stanley or the Kowalskis' lives, Blanche is shocked to find that they live in a cramped and run down ground floor apartment - which she proceeds to beautify by putting shades over the open light bulbs to soften the lighting - and that Stanley is not the gentleman that she is used to in men. As such, Blanche and Stanley have an antagonistic relationship from the start. Blanche finds that Stanley's hyper-masculinity, which often displays itself in physical outbursts, is common, coarse and vulgar, being common which in turn is what attracted Stella to him. Beyond finding Blanche's delicate hoidy-toidy
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations.
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122 min

We'll put you right here.

What kind of a bed's this?

One of those collapsible beds?

- Feel all right?

- Wonderful, honey.

I don't like a bed that gives much.

Stella, there's no door between

the two rooms, and Stanley...

- Will it be decent?

- Oh, Stanley's Polish, you know.

Oh, yeah.

Something like Irish, isn't it?


I bought some nice clothes

to meet all your lovely friends in.


I'm afraid

you won't think they're lovely.

Well, anyway, I bought nice clothes

and I'll wear them.

I guess you're hoping I'll say

I'll put up at a hotel.

I'm not going to put up at a hotel.

I've got to be near you, Stella.

I've got to be with people.

I can't be alone because...

Because as you must have noticed, I...

I'm not very well.

You do seem a little...

Will Stanley like me...

...or will I just be a visiting in-law?

I couldn't stand that, Stella.

You'll get along fine together.

If you just try not to compare him...

- Oh, he was an officer?

- He was master sergeant...

...in the Engineers Corps,

decorated four times.

He had those on when you met him?

I assure you I wasn't just blinded

by all the brass.

- Oh, that's not what I...

- Of course, there...

There were things

to adjust myself to later on.

Such as his civilian background.

How did he take it

when you said I was coming?

- Oh, he's on the road a good deal.

- Oh, he travels?

- Mm-hm.

- Good. I mean, isn't it?

I can hardly stand it

when he's away for a night.

Oh, Stella.

When he's away for a week,

I nearly go wild.

- Gracious.

- When he comes back...

...I cry in his lap like a baby.

I guess that's what's meant

by being in love.


I haven't asked you the things you

probably thought I was going to ask...

...so I'll expect you to be understanding

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Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.After years of obscurity, at age 33 he became suddenly famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. It was the first of a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). With his later work, he attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences. Increasing alcohol and drug dependence inhibited his creative expression. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.Much of Williams' most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. more…

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