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Thumbnail for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Basics Critics:91Viewers:75Rusty:80
Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Film adaptation, DramaNarrative location: New OrleansRuntime: 120 - 127 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: English, SpanishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New OrleansDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: Tennessee Williams, Oscar SaulBased on: A Streetcar Named DesireMusic: Alex NorthCinematography: Harry StradlingStars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Nick Dennis, Richard Garrick, Rudy BondProducer: Charles K. FeldmanAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actress (Vivien Leigh)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Karl Malden)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Hunter)
National Film Registry
Special Jury Prize
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Marlon Brando)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Harry Stradling)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Academy Award for Best Director (Elia Kazan)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Alex North)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Charles K. Feldman)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Tennessee Williams)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. Williams collaborated with Oscar Saul on the screenplay and Elia Kazan, who directed the stage production, went on to direct the film. Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, all members of the original Broadway cast, reprised their roles for the film. Vivien Leigh, who had appeared in the London theatre production, was brought in for the film version in lieu of Jessica Tandy, who had created the part of Blanche DuBois on Broadway. A Streetcar Named Desire holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins for actors in three out of the four acting categories. Oscars were won by Vivien Leigh, Best Actress, Karl Malden, Best Supporting Actor, and Kim Hunter, Best Supporting Actress. Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski but, although lauded for his powerful portrayal, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor.

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