Flash Review: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando is out-of-this-world great in this mid-century film by Elia Kazan, based on the play by Tennessee Williams, but he’s stranded alone in a stuffy, impossibly melodramatic domestic drama that goes on forever. There are sudden bursts of great dialog but the material and Vivien Leigh’s (Oscar winning) performance are insufferably over-the-top. Why is this such a classic?

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