Streetcar Named Desire Play Vs Movie Analysis

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Play vs. Movie: Which is best? Streetcar Named Desire was written by Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams was an American playwright from Mississippi. It became his first Broadway play in 1947. In 1951, the play was change into a movie by Elia Kazan. After reading and watching Streetcar Named Desire/Streetcar, I noticed there was some similarities and differences. Two similarities I will develop a thought on will be, the plot and setting. There were also some differences in the setting. Some aspects were emphasized more than other or even deleted. The two differences will be the censorship and casting(characters). Let’s take a look at the details of some of the similarities and differences. The play and movie share many common details. Both shared the same author. Since the author are the same the plot is the same, in a way. Williams understood that many directors would understand the plot in …show more content…

The casting in the play involved Marlon Brando as Stanley, Kim Hunter as Stella, Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois, and Karl Malden as Mitch. The cast of the movie was the same as the play but a different actress for Blanche DuBois. In the movie, Jessica Tandy was replaced by Vivien Leigh. Kazan thought she would add more to the movie. Although, the actor who played Stanley Kowalski didn't change, some of his features did. Marlon Brando portrayed Stanley as “macho man”. And added a more sexual personality to his role unlike the play. The movie tried remains true to the controversial issue that takes place in the play but included some censorship. They were many issues raised about some moral issues. The issues were: rape, domestic violence, and homosexuality. With some censored and removal of part, the play and movie still went together. Censorship occurred because of the audience’s views and religion. The scene where Blanche got raped was almost completely censored out. They were a some disagree with the decision but it was

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