A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams
In this piece of coursework i will assess how effectively the director
understands the play and how she translates this knowledge when making
the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh and I will be
weighing up the similarities/differences between the first scene of
the film and the first scene of the play.
The director of the film A Streetcar Named Desire represents the first
stage direction of the play very well. The description given in the
first stage direction is very similar to the first shots that we get
of the film which is of Elysian Fields and it runs between the L&N
tracks of the river. In this shot we see the grey, old, rickety and
weathered building which were once painted white. This is what gives
the impression that this area of New Orleans is quite poor along with
the first shot of Blanche which is of her emerging from a streetcar
through a cloud of smoke being pushed and shoved by indecent men.
As soon as Blanche emerges from the streetcar i can immediately can
see that she does not fit in because the way she looks is very clean,
sleek and posh and compared to where she is in the hustling and
bustling city of New Orleans which is full of filth, heavily polluted
and a rough place to be. The fact that Blanche does not fit in
straight away tells me about her personality and that she has an
interesting past which is revealed later in the film.
The first stage direction has some minor differences as to what is
shown in the film and that is there is no mention of the smell of
coffee and bananas.
The first visual impressions of the characters are as you would expect
from a play of this calibre which has so many different storylines in
The first visual impression that we get of each of the characters in
the film tells us a lot about the personalities of each of the
characters and this is the case for most films produced.
Here are some the first visual impressions of the three main
characters from the film:
The first visual impression that i get from Blanche is that she
immediately does not fit in because her clothes are to smart and posh
for this area of New Orleans. The next thing I noticed is that Blanche
has a very quiet, clear, posh voice which tells me that she enjoys
being posh. The only problems with Blanche is that she is an alcoholic
and her mind is very unstable because she keeps re-living her husbands
suicide as we see at the end of Act1, Scene1.
Stella is married to Stanley and she is the younger sister of Blanche.
Stella often seems immature compared to Blanche because Blanche bosses
her around a lot during the film and Stella asks Blanche for advice
quite often. Blanche acts more like a mother to Stella than a Sister
because Blanche appears so much...