Friday, May 23, 2008

A Streetcar Named Desire

While I actually prefer the play, this film portrayal of Tennessee Williams's classic is very powerful. Marlon Brando is hard to hate as the brooding, aggressive Stanley Kowalski. (In my opinion, he is one of the most attractive people to ever appear on screen; I almost find it hard to concentrate when he is in the shot.) Vivien Leigh gives an impressive performance, but Kim Hunter really steals the show as the wife and concerned sister. The film is oozing with subtext, typical of any Williams production. Definitely worth seeing for Brando and Hunter alone. Their chemistry is amazing.

Arsenic and Old Lace

In case readers have not already realized, I am a huge Cary Grant fan. This over-the-top physical comedy is hilarious. Grant discovers that his sweet old aunts are poisoning men and burying them in the cellar. This film makes use of all the classic comedy unities. It is simply delightful, although slightly frightening at times. Do not miss this silly, eerie comedy.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Rear Window

A Streetcar Named Desire

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