March 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Few figures loom larger in Key West’s literary history than Tennessee Williams — and we are proud to celebrate the legendary author and playwright throughout March with a series of films based on his work. We kick off with Williams’s best-known classic, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan: “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Jaded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella’s boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche’s aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she’s holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella.
On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew. Attracted to Stanley’s friend Mitch (Karl Malden), she soon discovers that she cannot outrun that past, and the stage is set for her final, brutal confrontation with her brother-in-law.
Brando, Hunter, and Malden had all starred in the original Broadway version of “Streetcar;” while Brando lost out to Humphrey Bogart for the 1951 Best Actor Oscar, Leigh, Hunter, and Malden all won Academy Awards.