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The original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey

last weekOdd : Kottke.org

During the production of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick commissioned well-known film score composer Alex North to do the score for the film. North had previously done scores for A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus, Cleopatra, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and later received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime of work. Show More Summary

A Desire Named Streetcar

(Steven Hayward) After the fetish for renewable energy that’s expensive and intermittent, the greatest fixation of the utopian left is mass transit, especially light rail—a 19th century technology for 21st century mobility needs. (Who...Show More Summary

10 Evocative Southern Gothic Films

Southern Gothic cinema owes a lot to the great Tennessee Williams, whose stunning stage plays became evocative films. Works like A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof introduced moviegoers to the steamy South, revealing its sinister side. Show More Summary

Tennessee Williams’s Tortured Greatness

3 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The author of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ was first saved and then betrayed by his art in a life every bit as flamboyant and wayward as his plays.

Theater Reviews: Scenes From a Marriage and The Money Shot

You can’t accuse the Belgian director Ivo van Hove of picking fights with weaklings. His productions of Hedda Gabler, The Little Foxes, and A Streetcar Named Desire, all at New York Theater Workshop, have sometimes sucker-punched those venerable plays but in the end did no harm. I realize that’s not... More »

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3 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

As most everyone knows, Scottish Ballet will bring its acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire to the Kennedy Center May 28-30, which is the weekend after Memorial Day. Tickets don’t go on sale to the general public until February...

Gillian Anderson in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is not so alien

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For her American fans, Gillian Anderson is most closely associated with her role as Agent Dana Scully from the Fox science fiction series "The X-Files," but in England, where the actress has lived for years, Anderson has repeatedly ditched the pantsuit in favor of period costumes. On the...

In an act of posthumous musical justice, Alex North’s lost score for 2001: A Space Odyssey will be released on vinyl

A great tragedy that you may or may not know: At the premiere of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a man named Alex North (who previously scored A Streetcar Named Desire and would go on to score Good Morning Vietnam ; read his bio here) sat in the audience, horrified. Show More Summary

Marlon Brando costume test for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando’s wardrobe test shots for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), designed by Lucinda Ballard.

When Movies Get Hot. Really Hot.

“It’s a scorcher out there.” The list of enjoyable movies set during blazing heatwaves is surprisingly long. From A Streetcar Named Desire to Do the Right Thing, films that take place on the hottest days of the year sometimes have an edge that balmier cinema lacks. Show More Summary

A Streetcar Named Desire – reviews of ‘radical' revival

Credits: Johan Persson Alt Text: Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire Critics praise Gillian Anderson's ‘stellar' performance as tormented Southern belle in updated Williams classic Hot Ticket Wednesday, July...Show More Summary

Eddie Redmayne Joins Dominic Cooper at 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Opening Night!

Eddie Redmayne looks super handsome as he makes his way inside the Young Vic Theatre for the opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire on Monday (July 28) in Lambeth, London. The 32-year-old actor was joined by Need for Speed star Dominic Cooper as they both came out to show their support for the modern [...]

L.A. theater openings, July 20-27: 'No Exit,' 'Streetcar' and more

5 months agoArts : Culture Monster

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave in Jean-Paul Sartre’s "No Exit," what's past is prologue in Neil LaBute’s "In a Dark Dark House," and you can always depend on Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." Plus, Roger Guenveur Smith reprises his solo show about...

Theatrical victory belongs to Blanche in 'Streetcar' opera

7 months agoArts : Culture Monster

One of the great interests in any revival of the Tennessee Williams classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” is seeing how a production will negotiate the balance of theatrical power between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Intriguing parallels between L.A. Opera's Thais and Blanche DuBois

7 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Thaïs, the sexiest woman in Alexandria during the Byzantine era, and Blanche DuBois, the steamy Southern belle slipping past her prime in Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire,” may seem women world’s apart. But both depend, in one desperate way or another, on the kindness of strangers....

Join Blair Underwood for a live online chat Wednesday

Blair Underwood has played the president of the United States, Stanley in a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and, of course, attorney Jonathan Rollins on "L.A. Law," a practitioner so skilled that he was said to inspire Barack Obama during his days at Harvard Law School. The...

Elia Kazan Was a Brilliant, Needy Pen Pal

8 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

In letters to the likes of Marlon Brando and Tennessee Williams, the director of ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ was shrewd about just about everything but himself.

Spring arts 2014: Classical music

9 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Evgeny Kissin, the L.A. Phil's Minimalist Jukebox festival, 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' the New York Philharmonic Biennial and more. MARCH 24

The One-Day Guide to New Orleans' Literary Landmarks

By Doug Brantley, New Orleans editor for Where® Each spring bibliophiles and Brando buffs flock to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival to pay homage to the late great playwright, who penned A Streetcar Named Desire in...Show More Summary

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