When Blanche Met Brando

When Blanche Met Brando

The Scandalous Story of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Book - 2005
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young Brando discovering his vast talent, When Blanche Met Brando is the definitive account of the iconic play and the movie made from it. Book jacket.
When Blanche Met Brando combines superb research, including interviews with every living cast member of the first three revolutionary productions, in New York, London, and Hollywood, with a close reading of the play text and screenplay. Sam Staggs's access to the papers of Broadway producer Irene Selznick, film producer Charles K. Feldman, and director Elia Kazan adds depth to his comprehensive approach. From a daring reassessment of whether Blanche was truly mad to a revealing look at the
The play launched Marlon Brando's career, and the movie shot his star into the stratosphere. The film also redefined Vivien Leigh as another kind of Southern belle: Blanche as Scarlett on the skids. Staggs's investigation of Kazan's Streetcar reveals fascinating secrets-including how playing Blanche inflamed Leigh's voracious sexual appetite and pushed her toward a shattering breakdown.
became both a classic and a pop-culture phenomenon. In this book, author Sam Staggs illuminates Streetcar's surprising complexities and the powerhouse personalities behind them.
Exhaustively Researched, Witty, and exuberantly opinionated, When Blanche Met Brando is the full behind-the-scenes story of A Streetcar Named Desire. When Tennessee Williams's ground-breaking play opened on Broadway, audiences were scandalized by its raw sexuality and taboo subject matter. The outrage in London was even fiercer, and Elia Kazan's movie version incensed the nation and provoked censorship by religious and political pressure groups. Yet in spite of its notoriety, Streetcar
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312321643
Branch Call Number: 812.54 STA
Characteristics: xviii, 394 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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