Live Performance Evaluation
A Streetcar Named Desire
Taylor R, Ochs
Instructor: Dr. Laura Cook
rape. The 1951 film exposed discrepancies of the original production from heavy censorship. William’s original screenplay is based upon one’s triumph of the status quo.Live Performance Evaluation Paper for Taylor Ochs
A Streetcar Named Desire
Warner Bros. the movie would have been a successful and accurate portrayal of Williams’ original screenplay. In A Streetcar Named Desire. The film adaptation of William’s original work purposefully omitted themes and lightened the magnitude of taboo references such as. earning accolades by the New York Drama Critics Circle and a prestigious Pulitzer Prize Award. Without the films various pieces of censorship. alcoholism. the acting of the main characters is portrayed mostly on the cinematic direction the production team used to emphasize symbolism with the audience.” A Streetcar Named Desire opened originally in New York during 1947 for two years. The play’s themes and symbolism became intimately reflective of William’s lifelong battles of depression. inside and outside environments of the apartment home the Kowalski family shares. and harsh realities incidental to our American society. personal fears. Picture’s 1951 production of A Streetcar Named Desire captured the dreadfulness of society through its characters honest journey towards self-discovery and consequences of “The American Dream. deficient only by sugarcoated omissions for widespread approval. social norms in 1950’s American culture constructed a fantastic portrayal of the original piece. illusions. suicide and mental health. divorce. A contrast of light. and the struggles the characters face is empirical to the emotions
. Through Hollywood’s presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire. homosexuality. and implications of social realism.
There was a great tension built between Blanche. The audiences were exposed to true realities American’s were facing across all communities. The only pivotal change in the film and Broadway cast was the direction the production team made with Blanche Dubois. acted by Marlon Brando in the Broadway and cinematic production. specifically the American South. Stella and Stanley. The film effectively addressed the roles of women and post war status of combined households. These bold scene cuts helped keep the film in tact for its powerful themes implied with full efficacy. The newly integrated belief systems between Stanley and Stella’s defined household. are unforgivingly critiqued by dialogue between Blanche and Stanley. Issues relevant specifically to Southern objectives were an important deduction William’s wanted to express throughout all of his critically acclaimed work. Stanley’s abuse of the power balance with his wife Stella is a polarizing topic to accept for Blanche. Vivien Leigh was cast to hold the role of
. is a harsh man who is insensitive and harsh. Stanley Kowalski. Post War criticisms of the roles of women and lifestyles of the Old and New South. Stella’s sister.Live Performance Evaluation Paper for Taylor Ochs audiences’ felt. which are intended to give time to allow audiences to reference their of conclusions of which “side” to accept. This was made in hopes for undeniable success in the films projection to the public. The directors and writers of the official Hollywood production allowed for the characters in the film to build a tight-knit connection. Much of their onscreen success and compatibility was the direct result of their previous Broadway success as a team off their two-year run on Broadway. This use of dramatic scene transitions and conflicts between Blanch and Stanley have effectively allowed time for William’s original intentions and dialogues to be received. The cast’s cinematic direction is implied with bold monologues and end of scene reflection periods.
This was only after the screenplay had endured censorship and mild changes in order to reflect guidelines of controlling thematic agencies. The film was produced with a 1. These agencies were censoring ideas that felt misrepresented American ideals and social norms. and she was replacing the New York Broadway casted Blanche because of the “star-power” her named inferred. Even though the problems expressed in Tennessee Williams were honest. who literally embody the personal. this casting decision was directly responsible for the intense conflict scenes between Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski. According to reports made by the Associated University Press in 1979. The effect the films censorship had in regards to upholding social norms and value systems was crucial to the “green-light” the production teams needed to receive in order to fully fund the production at the original Warner Bros. This helped the director’s exemplify the tensions between Stanley and Blanche for powerful dialogue and disagreements. and sometimes
. 2010). the early cast and crew used these true and actual differences in the cast to further reflect the exile Blanche/Vivien experienced on set for full effect in her character development. lifestyle. Pictures production date. Since the cast was a tight knit-community of Broadway headliners. blunt. and character references when performing in films. This is now a common practice among actors and actresses. Leigh was a Southern-Belle Hollywood icon after the production success of Gone With the Wind. they had not received the public “A-List” notoriety that Vivien Leigh was widely regarded through.Live Performance Evaluation Paper for Taylor Ochs Blanche. This blatant discrepancy among the cast’s roles and their backgrounds led to further exile through a social off camera community.8 million dollar budget and grossed over 8 million dollars at the box office (IMDB. Even though the film was an immeasurable success and pillar to American Cinematography.
or changed in significance were specifically revolved on homosexuality. With censorship aside. despite its short comings and censorship. which entirely dissolved that plot due to the sanctity of marriage and religious traditional values embraced rigidly throughout mainstream media in American 1950’s culture. Williams’ screenplay lost some symbolism of his true intent after the piece was muddied down to reflect those censorships attitudes. the film’s adaptation was a phenomenal piece of American Cinematography. Through the Hollywood Production Code and the National Legion of Decency. one that is still relevant and predominates to this day.Live Performance Evaluation Paper for Taylor Ochs shocking. attend. is a beautifully tragic snapshot of American History and Southern culture. A Streetcar Named Desire was adapted for film purposes to reflect their guidelines and restrictions. This was a major strike in the films version. However. and most importantly the films ending adaptation. at the time they were too inappropriate to guarantee public praise. Williams’ intended Blanche Dubois character to reflect a history of a woman who had torn apart the self-esteem of her husband solely because he had embarked on a homosexual affair. Therefore. Studios 1951 production is a timeless film and undeniable success. which blacked out the significance of the various conclusions audiences were intended to infer on the rape scene. The specific scenes altered. This has been a defining problem in mainstream media throughout all of American culture. This would enable broad audiences to reflect. and recommend the movie. In conclusion.
. omitted. The resonating affect of Williams’ screenplay. Warner Bros. the various censorships deprived the original audiences of the productions entire symbolism.
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