After posting a photo of James Dean last week, I felt the young Marlon Brando also ought to be represented. First of all, Brando's birthday was this week; he would have been 82. Second of all, Brando's screen test for a film titled Rebel without a Cause (which Kim discovered was not the same as the movie later made with that title) is on the upcoming DVD of A Streetcar Named Desire. Finally, the annual Tennessee Williams literary festival in New Orleans was held last weekend, and events included a Stanley and Stella shouting contest. I felt I was practically required to post a photo from A Streetcar Named Desire. Brando's sizzling performance as Stanley Kowalski won him his first Oscar nomination (although the award went to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen).
If you want to enjoy movies adapted from Tennessee Williams plays, you're in luck -- Warner is releasing a boxed DVD set, "The Tennessee Williams Collection," on May 2. The collection will include a two-DVD special edition of A Streetcar Named Desire as well as five other films: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth, Baby Doll, Night of the Iguana, and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. (Sadly, it will not include "A Streetcar Named Marge," my favorite episode of The Simpsons, since Fox owns those rights.)