Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
Considered by many critics one of the best films of all time (97 from Metascore), Kazan’s masterpiece explores the mind of a troubled woman, who tries to rediscover the road to happiness. I found the film a great one, but with a far too slow story for me. I don’t think I’ll watch this movie again soon, although the actors are incredible.
This is the type of story, which highlights especially the actors. If they are good, then the film is good. And in this case, I’m amazed by the performance of each actor. For me, Marlon Brando suits the role perfectly even though I don’t think he used to be that way in the real life. On the other hand, there are no words in the world to express what Vivien Leigh transmitted in every scene (monologue or dialogue). It’s terrible when you think there are people in the world just like Blanche DuBois.
Moving on to the story, one of the least good parts of the film, if you ask me. That is only my opinion, some of you might say it’s a great story – you have to watch it for yourself to form your own opinion about it. I encourage you to give it a chance especially for the actors, who struggled so hard to remain in the memory of the people as one of the best actors from that time.
Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) is a middle-aged woman with some health problems after a terrible accident. Her life is thrown on the corridor of madness, where any grief could worsen her mental illness. She arrives at her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), who is married to a coarse Polish man – Stanley (Marlon Brando). Blanche is tormented by Stanley from the moment she entered his miserable life.
Blanche’s character is a very complex one. It is pretty hard to know what she’s thinking. She wants to be loved, just like any person from this world. She is a romantic person, a delicate and cultured woman. There is an obvious antithesis between her and Stanley, which constantly fuels the conflict.
All in all, this movie is a masterpiece. An unmissable film with some astonishing characters portrayed by some of the most extraordinary actors of all time. Enjoy it, and stay safe!
“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”