Elia Kazan

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  • A Streetcar Named Desire: Film Analysis

    The play A Streetcar Named Desire explores brutality vs. tenderness displayed through the personalities of Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois. Marlon Brando's charismatic portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire undermines the validity of Blanche's struggle. The contrast between Vivien Leigh's Blanche and Brando's Stanley emphasizes the most negative aspects of Blanche's character while supporting and validating the most positive of Stanley's, unbalancing the original intentions of Tennessee Williams in depicting the struggle between the Old World and the New. This contrast affirms the importance of the consideration of Williams’s stage directions included in the original version; it demonstrates how the ways in which the characters are interpreted for film production modifies the audience’s understanding of the play. Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in the film adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, through the use of method acting, modifies the audience’s understanding of the play. As a representation of the savage and brutal forces of modern society, Stanley’s character pursues and is driven by desire: “Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitude. Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, he sizes women up at a glance,…

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  • Tennessee Williams: A Southern Playwright

    Elia Kazan and quickly signed on to become the director of the play and the film adaptation hiring an almost unknown actor Marlon Brando in the role of Stanley Kowalski. The play became a smash hit, and even a Pulitzer prize-winner. This caused the critics and audience to demand more greatness from Williams just under 40 he was America 's most famous playwright he started to feel the weight of it all and started hitting the bottle. He dealt with alcoholism in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a play about…

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  • Homosexuality In Tennessee Williams's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elia Kazan created a film adaptation in 1958 of Tennessee Williams’s original play titled Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This film overall offers an expanded role for Big Daddy, and one scene in particular that clearly shows this extended role is the basement scene (interpolated just for the film), that proves to be very incongruent with Williams’s thoughts on the topics of homosexuality, communication, and narcissism seen throughout his play. Homosexuality, a topic evident in…

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  • Allegory Of Morality In 'On The Waterfront'

    In 1954, the film “On the Waterfront” by Elia Kazan was released. “On the Waterfront” tells the story of a man bringing down a corrupt union boss along the docks of Hoboken, New Jersey. Kazan uses the film to paint a vivid picture of the waterfront as a space distinctly unique from other spaces in America. Through techniques of narration, Kazan uses the setting, characters and events of the film to create an allegory of morality. The waterfront, corruption, communist party, and events in Kazan’s…

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  • On The Waterfront Heroism Analysis

    Draft Terry’s heroism only comes from his instincts as a fighter. Discuss. Elia Kazan’s 1954 film, On the Waterfront explores how Terry Malloy’s heroism does not only come from his fighter instinct it also comes from the influential people in his life. Initially, the longshoremen exhibit a fundamental lack of courage to challenge the union however Terry successfully exposed this corruption displaying his heroism. Terry’s heroism also comes from influential people in his life such as Edie and…

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  • The Running Man And The Castle Analysis

    Introduction - This essay discuss The Running Man and The Castle in terms of ‘people who stand up for their values and beliefs’. The Running Man by Stephen King is a book that depicts Ben, the main character as the victim of a large, ruthless company. Forced to survive against the tv shows experienced soldiers and survive to earn money for his dying daughter's treatment. The castle (directed by Rob Stitch and released in 1997) has a similar story, the Kerrigan family is left in a position where…

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  • The American Dream And Success In Death Of A Salesman

    The Full Title: The American Dream and Success in Death of a Salesman Leah McCarvill Post University Abstract The 1966 film “Death of a Salesman” based on the play written by Arthur Miller that tells how the main character Willy Loman who is struggling with the realization that his idea of the American Dream and success along with how this is effecting his relationships with his family. Miller used conflict and dramatic irony in a manner that illustrates how the American dream of success can…

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  • Arthur Miller's Circles Of Responsibility Analysis

    Impact of Society in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman examines outside influences on the individual. These influences include society as a whole, the family as a societal unit and beliefs which the individual thinks he should espouse. In order to understand Willy Loman and the struggles with which he is dealing, the society in which he exists must first be understood. He is relying upon a slightly different set of values and motivations than…

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  • Character Analysis Of Willy In Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

    Dr. Harald Sala once said, “Understanding yourself is a step towards inner peace, and a step nearer achieving your unfulfilled ambitions.” This quote is seen throughout the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, however there are characters in the play that know the meaning of understanding yourself and the happiness of success. Ben in the play is Willy’s older brother and is a form of guidance in Willy’s life, so he has a major impact on Willy and unlike his brother, he is very ambitious.…

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  • The Theme Of The American Dream In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller is a short story about two characters, Willy Loman and his son Biff Loman. At the beginning of the story, Willy and Linda, Willy’s wife, talk to each other about Willy finding a job close to his home city, New York, since Linda is worried about Willy’s because he had an accident. Willy feels happy when he imagines about the past the past when his son, Biff, was a quarterback with potential to make it to professional level. Willy and Biff have…

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