A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

96EPISODE # 57:  Elia Kazan’s Oscar-winning 1951 film, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams. Kazan directed the Broadway play, and brought all of the leads — except one — for the movie. James and Lara discuss that decision, along with the different acting styles of Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. Was there an actual streetcar named “Desire” in New Orleans? And what does sweat have to do with all of this? Join us for an episode that explores themes that still feel very raw and current today?

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