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A Streetcar Named Desire: A Comparison Between the Text and the Movie
Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire: A Comparison Between the Text and the Movie
The director Elia Kazan follows the stage directions almost perfectly.
Even after censorship changes
for example: Reference to ".... two people..." (Scene VI)
Why is the presentation of Blanche so important to Williams?
In his obituary for Rose in 1996 Phillip Hoare wrote, "Everything was, as she kept saying 'just tragic!' Such dialogue, delivered with a southern accent, is echoed in the forlorn character of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, who, like rose was ever disappointed in love."
Blanch is presented as vulnerable and mentally fragile
Hence for Williams the stage directions are just as important as the dialogue BACKGROUND NEW ORLEANS THE APARTMENT “They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at-Elysian Fields” Passions control our lives through death- to Elysian Fields. The first line if dialogue while Blanche is changing the only separation between her and Stanley is the curtain. The comparison in itself of the play and the movie this is almost identical to the play; even the walls of the house don't give protection. Mitch becomes a figure of safety
Until the end, Stanley tears out the lantern
"cries out as if the lantern was herself" (87) The Blues The Varsouviana