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What are your thoughts on the filmed versions of A Streetcar Named Desire?

The 1951 version of the play, directed by Elia Kazan, and starringĀ  Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is one of the most famous films ever made. What makes it interesting as an interpretation of the play? What do you think of the acting? The mis-en-scene? The use of music and sound effects?

Compare it with the Jessica Lange version, made in 1995, how does the film differ from this more “stagey” version?

How are the interpretations of Blanche and Stella different? What is the effect of these different interpretations?

Framework for analysis for A Level English Language/Literature


Word classes: nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs,

Syntax: Sentence moods: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory; sentence types: minor, simple, complex; listing: syndetic and asyndetic;

(Syndetic means connected by a conjunction, asyndetic means with a comma instead of a conjunction.
Syndetic: Birds flock and wheel and cry.
Asyndetic: Birds flock, wheel, and cry.)

Ellipsis: The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or be understood from contextual clues.

  • A set of dots indicating such an omission.

Vocabulary: connotations, semantic fields;

Figurative language: metaphor, simile, personification, symbolism

Register: Formal, informal: genre, audience, topic



Phonology: Alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme

Tenses: past, present, future

Narrative viewpoint: 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person.