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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tired Old Queen at the Movies: A Streetcar Named Desire

Steve Hayes dishes up another classic film:
Marlon Brando gives an iconic performance while Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden walk off with the Oscars in Elia Kazan's version of Tennessee Williams' volcanic "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951). Shot in beautiful black and white with a haunting jazz score by Alex North, this is the ultimate version of a Williams play, directed by the man and most of the cast that had done it on Broadway. Vivien Leigh is fragile and unforgettable, and Brando's explosive talent and raw sexuality was like nothing the movie public had ever experienced. It's the perfect companion for the Oscars.

Full summary of all tonight's Oscar winners here, in case you missed it.

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