Thursday—Sunday, April 28-May 1

We present the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, to coincide with Opera San Jose's production at San Jose's historic California Theatre.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

An emotionally fragile Southern belle comes to stay with her sister and her brutish husband.

Brando recreated his Broadway triumph as the crude, loutish Stanley Kowalski, but came to hate being identified with the character: “He had the kind of brutal aggressiveness I hate. I detest the character.”

The Broadway cast all signed on, with the exception of Jessica Tandy, the original Blanche. Vivien Leigh, who played the part on the London stage, was signed, and, according to Brando, “…perfect casting. In many ways, she was Blanche.”

With Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden.

Directed by Elia Kazan. Produced by Charles K. Feldman. Screenplay by Tennessee Williams, from his play. Photographed by Harry Stradling. Music by Alex North. Warner Bros. 122 minutes.

Thursday through Sunday (April 28-May 1) at 7:30 (plus weekend matinee at 3:15).

On the Waterfront (1954)

An ex-prizefighter turned dockworker has his conscience awakened by a sensitive young woman.

Director Kazan called Brando’s performance “the finest thing ever done by an American film actor.”

With Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, John Hamilton.

Directed by Elia Kazan. Produced by Sam Spiegel. Written by Bud Schulberg. Photographed by Boris Kaufman. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Columbia. 108 minutes.

Thursday through Sunday (April 28-May 1) at 5:30 and 9:45.