VINTAGE BAD BOYS: MARLON BRANDO “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE”

Written by  on March 30, 2013 

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Here’s Marlon Brando in a set of fabulous publicity stills from the 1950 Warner’s movie of Tennessee William’s notorious and ground-breaking play “A Streetcar Named Desire”.The play was Marlon Brando’s ticket to instant-superstardom; he first appeared as ‘Streetcar’s’ male lead – the brutish, blue-collar worker ‘Stanley Kowalski’ – on Broadway, where he immediately created a sensation, wowing audiences breathlessly into submission  thanks to his savage, dynamic, raw and intense portrayal of Stanley.On Broadway, Marlon co-starred alongside Jessica Tandy as the play’s central character – the mentally-fragile, neurotic nymphomaniac ‘Blanche DuBois’; in the movie version  Vivian Leigh played the Blanche role, winning her second Oscar in the process.Marlon Brando’s performance as ‘Stanley Kowalski’ at once raised the bar  and defined a new type of ‘Bad Boy’ in Hollywood; these publicity images for the movie still pack a powerful punch, evoking all of Stanley Kowalski’s savage, brutish, sexual and CHARISMATIC appeal in the most stylish of ways.

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