A Streetcar Named Desire launched Marlon Brando's career, and the movie shot his star into the stratosphere. The film also redefined Vivien Leigh as skids. But the movie, as modern audiences know it, barely escaped the unforgiving knife of censorship. A Streetcar Named Desire is more than a classic piece of American art—it is a daring and raw masterpiece as alive with meaning today as it was when first performed in 1947.
When Blanche Met Brando is the behind-the-scenes story of A Streetcar Named Desire. Moving from the opening of Tennessee Williams's groundbreaking play and the scandalized audiences it left on Broadway, to its London debut, to Elia Kazan's exceptional movie version, Staggs illuminates Streetcar's surprising complexities, and the powerhouse personalities behind them.