In the hands of other actors, Stanley is like some nightmare feminist critique of maleness: brutish and infantile.
Brando is brutish, infantile and full of a pain he can hardly comprehend or express. [Restored version] They are also great performances, and Hawks could have taken heart from Kim Hunter's work, which provides superb, understated balance to the famous fireworks of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.
A Streetcar Named Desire: The Repression of Women in the 20th Century.
Feminist critics, are people who agree to the idea that gender differences are culturally determined, and not born with it, interpret literature as a record of male dominance; particularly the repression by men.
Producers will continue to face the steeper challenge of whom to cast as Stanley.
Aidan Quinn, a fine actor (in films as well as on stage), who plays the role at Circle in the Square, is not a persuasive Stanley.With the possible exception of Jason Robards as Hickey in '' The Iceman Cometh,'' it is difficult to name any other actor whose signature is as firmly fixed on a contemporary character.When Williams died, it was said that his characters, especially his women, and Blanche Du Bois in particular, would live on.This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996.To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.The production might have been abandoned for lack of an appropriate Stanley.Most other great roles are adaptable to the attributes of available actors, and vice versa. Brando, there must be menace, a threat of violence to anyone - or anything -within striking distance. '' so often parodied, must shake theatergoers. Necessarily, there must also be a sensuality, so that he attracts at the same time he repels Blanche.Kazan's direction, however, sometimes verges on the pedestrian, as though he's struggling to recreate his Broadway staging in a much more visually demanding medium.Kazan’s direction simmers when it needs to boil, placing all its chips on the battered decor and ethereal lighting, leaving you to wonder what fun Hitchcock or Preminger would have with the sexually pulsating, pressure-cooker backdrop gifted to them in the source material.Depending on your reading, that makes Stanley either remorseful or sinister. If Brando is calm at the end of Streetcar, that’s because he’s the center of the storm.A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE features some of the finest ensemble acting ever offered on the screen, speaking some Williams's most vivid dialogue.