Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire

This paper analyzes the 1951 classic film production of A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Elia Kazan, which starred Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando, and Karl Malden.

This paper explains that A Streetcar Named Desire was generally seen as being immoral and decadent, and it was decried by many critics; but it was nominated for twelve Oscars and was awarded four Oscars, three of which were in the acting categories. The author points out that the black-and-white and rather old-fashioned look of the film actually added to the foreboding and emotionally charged atmosphere in the film. The paper states that the most impressive aspect of the film was its depth and psychological complexity combined with acting ability, creative daring, and superb and imaginative direction.
The play is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans after the Second World War. The plot revolves around the arrival of Blanche DuBois at her sister’s residence as she searches for meaning in her life. She has been forced to leave her hometown as a result of trying to seduce a boy whom she was teaching. Her encounter with the brutish Stanley, who is love with her sister Stella, sets the scene for the mistrust, violence and psychological complexity.