A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Directed by Elia Kazan Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter
“I’m the King around here and don’t you forget it”.
But the real King of this film is not Tennessee Williams who adapted his play for the screen, nor Vivien Leigh who plays Blanche DuBois or Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski, but Elia Kazan the director, known as the ‘Actors’ Director’. The BFI are paying tribute to Kazan, whom Martin Scorsese described as America’s greatest film director, with a season at BFI Southbank called ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR, which will feature screenings in addition to ‘Streetcar’ – Gentleman’s Agreement, (Gregory Peck), On the Waterfront (Marlon Brando), East of Eden (James Dean), Splendor in the Grass (Natalie Wood), and America, America (Stathis
Giallelis). The film is set in the New Orleans French Quarter. It is here that Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) a Mississippi teacher and a small-town beauty who arrives at the modest apartment of her sister Stella (Kim Hunter) and her emotive husband Stanley (Marlon Brando).