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When Blanche Met Brando: The Scandalous Story of "A Streetcar Named…
by Sam Staggs
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Exhaustively researched and almost flirtatiously opinionated, When Blanche Met Brando is everything a fan needs to know about the ground-breaking New York and London stage productions of Williams' "Streetcar" as well as the classic Brando/Leigh film. Sam Staggs' interviews with all the living cast members of each production will enhance what's known about the play and movie, and help make this book satisfying as both a pop culture read and as a deeper piece of thinking about a well-known story.
Readers will come away from this book delighted with the juicy behind-the-scenes stories about cast, director, playwright and the various productions and will also renew their curiosity about the connection between the role of Blanche and Viven Leigh's insatiable sexual appetite and later descent into breakdown. They may also--for the first time--question whether the character of Blanche was actually "mad" or whether her anxiousness was symptomatic of another disorder.
"A Streetcar Named Desire" is one of the most haunting and most-studied modern plays. Staggs' new book will fascinate fans and richen newcomers' understanding of its importance in American theater and movie history.
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"When Blanche Met Brando is the full behind-the-scenes story of A Streetcar Named Desire. When Tennessee Williams's groundbreaking 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 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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