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A Streetcar Named Desire: A Comparison Between the Text and the Movie

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Karen El Haddad

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Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire: A Comparison Between the Text and the Movie

A Comparison Between the Text and the Movie by Karen El Haddad A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams This presentation will examine use of and setting, lighting, and music, to highlight the vulnerability of Blanche. Music Setting Lighting "adept at using such elements as scenery, props, music, human movement, sound effects, costume and lighting."(Holland 11)

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
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