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When Blanche Met Brando

When Blanche Met Brando
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Author: Sam Staggs
Publisher: St. Martin Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 384
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0312321643
ISBN-13: 9780312321642
About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most haunting and most-studied modern plays. This book by Sam Staggs will fascinate fans and enrich newcomers' understanding of its importance in American theater and movie history.

Exhaustively researched and almost flirtatiously opinionated, When Blanche Met Brando is everything a fan needs to know about the ground-breaking New York and London stage productions of the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire as well as the classic Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh film. Sam Staggs' interviews with all the living cast members of each production will enhance what's known about the play and movie, and help make this book satisfying as both a pop culture read and as a deeper piece of thinking about a well-known story.

Subtitled The Scandalous Story of "A Streetcar Named Desire", readers will come away from this book delighted with the juicy behind-the-scenes stories about cast, director, playwright and the various productions and will also renew their curiosity about the connection between the role of Blanche and Vivien Leigh's insatiable sexual appetite and later descent into breakdown. They may also-for the first time-question whether the character of Blanche was actually "mad" or whether her anxiousness was symptomatic of another disorder.

What people say:

"Opinionated, revealing, constantly entertaining account of the birth and growth of Tennessee Williams's most famous play." — Kirkus Reviews

"A comprehensive minihistory of 20th-century American stage and screen and [Staggs] doesn't skimp on tabloid juice." — Publishers Weekly

"With his infectious devotion to 'Streetcar,' Staggs surely will motivate many to revist the play and watch the film." — Los Angeles Times

"...as loquacious and overripe as Blanche herself and as hard to resist." — Washington Post

"…a spellbinder…." — The Hollywood Reporter

About the Author:

Sam Staggs is the author is the author of four film books, including When Blanche Met Brando. He has written for a variety of publications, including Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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