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Jul 30, 2009

A Streetcar Named Desire

A part of movie re-education series. I am trying to watch older movies before VHS tapes become totally extinct. Not that these movies are not available on DVD, but our library has a huge collection of older movies on tapes and I believe free resources shouldn't go to waste.

Tennesse Williams play about a Southern belle Blanche Dubois, turned into an award winning 1951 by Elia Kazan, A Streetcar Named Desire is a study in human relationships and emotions. As a viewer I can only sympathize with 'southern belles' only so much, so my loyalties rest with the handsome Marlon Brando(as Stanley Kowalski), who Blanche(played by Vivien Leigh) calls a crude Pollack(her misinterpretation of Pole.) It was the first film to win three acting Oscars - Best Actress of Vivien Leigh, Best Supporting Actress for Kim Hunter and Best Supporting Actor for Karl Malden.

Some trivia: Kowalski (feminine: Kowalska, plural Kowalscy) is the second most common surname in Poland. Kowalski translates to blacksmith where it is the patronymic form of the name for Smith