Here at the Chateau Working Stiff, the Mrs. and I have seen a lot of movies over the past half-year or so, mostly on Netflix or Verizon on-demand. We have actually made it out to the theater a few times as well!
Just during the past week, we were able to catch two iconic classics of American Cinema – “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), and “Psycho Beach Party” (2000).
Some of you who know me as the movie buff that I am might be surprised that I had never seen “Streetcar” before last week, but that is in fact the case. We both enjoyed it very much, mostly for the incredible acting. Not because it is any kind of a fun story (it isn’t). Yes, it is definitely an actor’s movie. I only just learned that most of the cast was carried over from the Broadway play, with the notable exception of Vivian Leigh, who was brought in to play the female lead, Blanche Dubois. She got her second Oscar from that role. (Her first for Scarlett O’Hara of course, about 12 years earlier.) The movie is very rare in that it won three of the top four acting awards—Best Actress, Supporting Actress, and Supporting Actor. It is interesting that Marlon Brando (in his second movie role) did not win, though his performance in the film is generally considered to be the most notable part of the project and one of the greatest cinema performances. The acting was incredible, and I hope I don’t have to sit through the film again any time soon.