A Streetcar Named Desire
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Marlon Brando was a little-known actor when he was cast in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williamss play; the film adaptation made him a star. As Stanley, the brutish brother-in-law of fading belle Blanche DuBois (Vivienne Leigh), Brando is magnetic, even, and almost especially, when hes barely doing anything at all. Indelibly sexy, swaggering, animalistic and balancing a sense of real danger with the occasional fleck of childlike joy and even a kind of romance, his performance threatens to topple the film over into the Stanley Kowalski show, and yet . . . theres never a moment where he feels anything but real (IndieWire).