A Streetcar Named Desire by Anthea  Slade

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A Streetcar Named Desire featured in Shameless Self-Promotion 8 July 2012

A Streetcar Named Desire was drawn with graphite and ink on the 3rd and 5th May 2011

The second in my Top 10 Movie Series.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Anthea Slade

A Streetcar Named Desire Detail by Anthea Slade

A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh is a powerful psychological film written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan with the provocative taunting by Stanley (Brando) of the emotionally and mentally fragile Blanche (Leigh) at its heart. This struggle is juxtaposed beside the intense passionate earthy chemistry between Stanley and his wife Stella.

In his Autobiography Brando Songs My Mother Taught Me Brando speaks at length about A Streetcar Named Desire. Here are a couple of snippets.

Brando on Stanley Kowalski: “A few writers suggested that in portraying the insensitive, brutish Stanley Kowalski I was really portraying myself, in other words the performance succeeded because I was Stanley Kowalski. I’ve run into a few Stanley’s in my life muscled, inarticulate, aggressive animals who go through life responding to nothing but their urges and never doubting themselves. But they weren’t me. I was the anthithesis of Stanley Kowalski. I was sensitive by nature and he was coarse, a man with unerring animal instincts and intuition. Later in my career I did a lot of research before playing a part, but I did not do any on him. He was a compendium of my imagination based on the lines of the play. I created him from Tennessees words.”

Brando on Tennessee Williams: “…at the height of his powers he was an extraordinary writer as well as a lovely man, extremely modest and soft spoken. Kazan accurately described him as a man with no skin: he was skinless defensive, vulnerable to everything and everybody, cruelly honest, a poet and a pristine soul who suffered from deep seated neurosis, a sensitive gentle man destined to destroy himself. He never lied. never said anything nasty about anybody, and was always witty, but he led a wounded life. If we had a culture that gave added support and assistance to a man of Tennessees delicacy, perhaps he would have survived.”

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Jaeda DeWalt
    Jaeda DeWaltover 3 years ago

    I am compellingly caught up in the deep emotive expression of their faces. The flow of colors and movement are sublime!

  • Jaeda thank you for this sensitive and beautiful response to A Streetcar Named Desire. Your words are such a pleasure for my eyes to read. Have a beautiful weekend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 3 years ago

    This is so beautiful dear Anthea your drawings really stand out using the ink the colors here are fabulous love the faces wow awesome creation my friend.

  • Oh thank you dear Renate, I am so enjoying creating this movie series. A Streetcar Named Desire is definitely one of my favourits Marlon and Vivien sizzle together. As you know I recently read his autobiography. I hope you are having a wonderful week.

    – Anthea Slade

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 3 years ago

    Lovely work dear Anthea in every way ….. the pink and blue compliment each other !!!:-) have a nice day!!!

  • Brigitte thank you so much my dear friend for this so beautiful comment. Your words are deeply appreciated. I hope you are very well and creating more beautiful art.

    – Anthea Slade

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 3 years ago


  • Dear Anna thank you so very much for lovely words and your warm support of my art. Appreciate you so much.

    – Anthea Slade

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    Wow. You are really making me want to re-watch this movie. Fabulous art my friend. You rock. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  • Oh that is wonderful Shar. Did you get to see the movie. I would lend you a copy of my movie if we lived a little closer. Your comments always encourage me dear friend. Thank you so much.

    – Anthea Slade

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    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago


  • Indeed kj …S T E L L A… I hope you are very well.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    lovely well done full of emotions of the time Anthea well done !Liz)

  • Oh thank you dear Liz so glad you can feel the emotions.

    – Anthea Slade

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    What a great tribute!!! Anthea..
    You now something..you are re-awakening my love for the “classics” in English..
    I have ordered the other day, “The East of Eden” for I love Steinbeck so much…and had not read it. The book is in “transit”…. the words, he description you are adding to your wonderful piece of art, is so full of information, so practical and luring for us…!!
    To tell the truth you are depicting so well the visual and animical personality of both artists. The unstanble Vivien and the ruthless and so introverted and unique shadow of Marlon.Never could have chosen a better casting for the film!!
    Thanks a lot Anthea…

  • Dear Rosa I am so thrilled that my artworks are re-wakening you love of the classics in English. Have you received East of Eden? I watched it again last night. It is a movie that touches me deeply as does Streetcar Named Desire. Your beautiful interpretation here is such a joy to read and I think you have captured both these characters here ver well. Yes I agree Marlin and Vivien were just perfect for the role. Tennessee chose Marlon himself. Marlon goes into great depth about Tennesse in his autobiography. I have shared just a snippet here with my friends on RedBubble. Your comments are always so enlightening and I love them so much.

    – Anthea Slade

  • citywind
    citywindover 3 years ago

    I agree with all of them …very nice job your style is unique

  • Sandro thank you very much for wonderful words here on A Streetcar Named Desire

    – Anthea Slade

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 3 years ago
    An alluring depiction of Brando’s smouldering passion and Leigh’s vulnerability, well done!!!
  • Perfect description biddumy about Brando and Leigh. You have summed them up very well.

    – Anthea Slade

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