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Uploaded by : Daniel Lizzama | 06/30/09

  • Title:
    A STREET NAMED DESIRE
  • Artist:
    ELIA KAZAN
  • Year:
    n/a
  • Description:
    Stanley lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans with his wife, Stella (née DuBois.) A working class auto-parts salesman, he takes special pride in having lured Stella away from her rich family, and shows her off to his friends like a trophy. He has a vicious temper, however, and the two have many fights, in which he often displays violence. Near the beginning of the play, Stanley announces that Stella is pregnant. Stanley's life becomes more complicated when Stella's sister Blanche shows up at their door for a seemingly indefinite "visit". The two despise each other almost on sight; the spoiled, aristocratic Blanche openly looks down upon Stanley, whom she derides as an "ape", and she often calls him a Polack while Stanley is enraged at what he sees as a constant reminder that he is not good enough for Stella. His resentment grows almost unbearable when Blanche starts dating his friend, Mitch, and lets Stella briefly take refuge with her after an argument in which he hits her. Stanley starts asking questions of a street merchant who knew Blanche in her old life, however, and finds out that Blanche is staying with Stella and him because she is homeless; her family's ancestral mansion has been mortgaged. He also learns that she was paid to leave Mississippi to quell gossip about her many affairs, which she began after her husband, a closeted homosexual, committed suicide. Overjoyed to have the upper hand, Stanley tells Mitch about Blanche's secret past, which scares Mitch into ending the relationship. The night that Stella gives birth to their son, Stanley goes out and gets drunk in celebration, and finds a similarly drunk Blanche, lost in fantasies of better times, when he returns home. He makes a crude, drunken pass at her, which she rebuffs, disgusted. Enraged, Stanley overpowers and rapes her. This final assault on what she had left of her dignity sends Blanche over the edge into a nervous breakdown. Weeks later, Stella has Blanche committed to a mental institution at Stanley's insistence.
  • Disciplines and Movements:
    International Film, Hollywood Film, Classic Hollywood, Film Criticism and Theory, Fiction, Theater and Digital Writing
  • Themes and Tags:
    classical, rebel, sophisticated, angry, pioneering, anxiety and social revolution

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