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A Streetcar Named Desire at City Screen 4/10


City Screen is showing Elia Kazan’s 1951 hothouse adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire on Sunday 4 October, 8.00.

It will be preceded by a talk, by Dr Sarah Olive from the University of York, called The Prime Of Vivien Leigh?

The screening heralds an exhibition at York’s Treasurer’s House which will be the first stop on an international tour of Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives, an exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum. This tour will run from 19 September until 20 December.

The Vivien Leigh archive has never been exhibited before and will feature costumes worn by Leigh in her stage and film career, letters between Leigh and her husband Laurence Olivier, as well as stereoscopic slides of family life at the Olivier home.

Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter were all awarded Oscars opposite Marlon Brando (nominated) in Elia Kazan’s adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, which Kazan had originally directed on Broadway.

When the death of her husband reduces her circumstances, fading Southern belle Blanche Dubois is obliged to seek shelter with her sister-in-law in a tenement in New Orleans. Neurotic, wistful and desperately clinging to memories or fantasies of prosperity and refinement, her presence provokes uncontrollable tensions – especially with brutal, virile brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

On Sunday 4 October, the Vivien Leigh cocktail will also be available in City Screen’s Riverside Bar.

Buy tickets here.

Find out more about Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives here.

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