This film closes on Thursday, February 13th.
Having directed the original Broadway production in 1947, Elia Kazan brought Tennessee Williams’s play to the big screen just four years later, with the playwright and director collaborating on the screenplay. While Marlon Brando as the brutish Stanley Kowalski, Kim Hunter as his put-upon wife Stella, and Karl Malden as suitor Mitch all reprised their stage roles, the original Blanche DuBois, Jessica Tandy, was replaced by Vivien Leigh. When the recently widowed Blanche is forced to move in with her sister and her husband in an environment she obviously feels is beneath her, the simmering antipathy she and Stanley exhibit towards each other comes to a horrible climax as the mentally fragile Blanche proves no match for Stanley’s animalistic callousness. Brando in particular, in only his second film role, offers a masterclass in acting, his ‘method’ style becoming hugely influential over the following decade.
(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
FEAST YOUR EYES
Enjoy a specially curated main course in the IFI Café Bar following the 18.15 screening on Tuesday 11th.
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.