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Archive for October 7th, 2008

I know I said Saturday, guys, but weekends are always quiet for blogs, so I’ll just put them up randomly every so often during the week.  

Here’s a new question, same format…want the connecting actor/actress and the five films in question.

Played Dr Frank Bryant, Jack Carter, Wilbur Larch, saidThe English don’t like two disasters in one day.  It looks bad in the newspapers and puts them off their breakfast.and was shot by Laurence Olivier.

Easier than last time…

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by Sam Juliano

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is arguably the greatest play ever written by an American.  It also provides some of the juiciest roles in American theatre that are invariably a barometer of an actor’s talent and range.  The character of Blanche DuBois is one of theatre’s majestic creations- she fantisizes herself as a young and beautiful debutante, surrounded by admirers and loved by all whom she encounters.  In reality Blanche is an aging woman who can’t cope with the actualities of life, and she fabricates bizarre stories, and when Stanley Kowalski, her brother-in-law, rapes her, the realities of life cause her to drift into absolute lunacy.  Reared in Old South aristocratic traditions, she once lived elegantly in the family homestead, married a man she adored, and pursued a career as an English teacher.  But her life fell apart when she discovered that her husband, Allen Grey, was having a homosexual affair and the disgrace led to his suicide.  Blanche subsequently sought comfort in the arms of a plethora of men, and engaged in relations with one of her students, a 17-year-old.  This led to her dismissal, and after relatives passed on she was unable to keep the family home from creditors, who seized it.  The play begins when Blanche arrives in New Orleans to live with her sister Stella and the crude and outspoken Stanley.  Though scarred by her past, Blanche still attempts to lead the life of an elegant lady and does her best, even lying when necessary, to keep up appearances. (more…)

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