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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 Williams' "Streetcar", as well as the classic Brando/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. 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 Viven 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. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is one of the most haunting and most-studied modern plays. Staggs' new book will fascinate fans and richen newcomers' understanding of its importance in American theatre and movie history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312321666
ISBN-10: 031232166X
Format: Paperback
(140mm x 210mm x 28mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
Publisher: Griffin Publishing
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sam Staggs

Sam Staggs is the author of ALL ABOUT "ALL ABOUT EVE" and CLOSE-UP ON SUNSET BOULEVARD. He has written for a variety of publications, including Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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