A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Blanche is in real need of a protector at this stage in her life when circumstances lead her into paying a visit to her younger sister Stella in New Orleans. She doesn't understand how Stella, who is expecting her first child, could have picked a husband so lacking in refinement. Stanley Kowalski's buddies come over to the house to play cards and one of them, Mitch, finds Blanche attractive until Stanley tells him about what kind of a woman Blanche really is. What will happen when Stella goes to the hospital to have her baby and just Blanche and her brother-in-law are in the house? The film stars Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois, Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski, Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski, Karl Malden as Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell and Rudy Bond as Steve. Brando gives his breakthrough performance as he is faultless and I don't think anyone else then or ever could have played the part so well, but the movie belongs to Vivien Leigh. It was Vivien Leigh's great fortune to have portrayed what are very likely the two greatest feminine roles ever to reach the screen (and winning Oscars for both of them). Her Scarlett O'Hara remains unimpeachably one of the finest pieces of acting in cinema history, and her Blanche DuBois is indeed another. An absolute must-see!!