The Gibbes Museum of Art will launch its “Film in Focus” series tomorrow (Thursday, March 25) at 6:00pm with a screening of A Streetcar Named Desire (dir. Elia Kazan, 1951). Advertised as a limited engagement film series focusing on representations of the Southern Gothic in cinema, Film in Focus will continue April 22 with Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991). The screenings will be held in the spacious lecture hall with socially distanced seating. Masks will be required. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and faculty with valid ID.
A Streetcar Named Desire was a breakout film for Marlon Brando, who plays Stanley Kowalski, the flawed hero of Tennessee Williams’s award-winning Broadway play. Set in the French Quarter in New Orleans, this Southern Gothic also stars Vivien Leigh (star of another well-known Southern Gothic, Gone With the Wind) as Blanche DuBois, Kim Hunter as Stella, and Karl Malden as Mitch. The film earned a whopping 12 Academy Award nominations, with four wins, including Best Actress (Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Hunter), and Best Supporting Actor (Malden).