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A Streetcar Named Desire

Not rated, 122 min. Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Nov. 12, 1993

This 1951 multi-Oscar winner has been re-released in this director's cut which reinserts a few minutes of footage that were removed before its release. The enforcers of the Production Code at that time insisted on the deletion of certain material that made clear Blanche's late husband's homosexuality and her subsequent “nymphomania,” as well as footage that left no mystery about Stanley's ultimate rape of Blanche. Seen for the first time as screenwriter Tennessee Williams argued 40 years ago that it should be, Streetcar is always a wonderful screen drama and now, also, a study in film archeology.

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