The amazing Streetcar keeps on rolling. Some of Tennessee Williams finest words,Kazan’s direction and two of the screens finest performances, not to mention an all-star cast of co-stars. We’ll be enjoying the Streetcar big screen style on Wednesday, July 16th @ the Egyptian Theater, but wait, there’s more! The LARE is bringing authors Susan Mizruchi & Kendra Bean to sign their books, the hot off the press”Brando’s Smile” & “Vivien Leigh-An Intimate Portrait”. Two excellent volumes on 2 of cinemas most captivating stars on-screen & off. The ladies will also introduce the film w/ our very good friend Foster Hirsch! We hope you can join us, but don’t depend on the kindness of strangers, depend on the LARE to get you a signed copy of either book, or both and we’ll send them your way.
Here’s a little more info on the books :
Susan Mizruchi presents the Marlon Brando you’ve never met. When people think about Marlon Brando they think of the movie star; the hunk; the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who used his fame to foster Indian and civil rights. From Brando’s letters, audiotapes, and annotated screenplays and books—many never before available—Mizruchi gives us a complex person whose intelligence belies the high-school dropout. She shows how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles—a gay man, an Asian, and a German soldier—to foster empathy on a global scale and to test himself. In portraying a fuller Brando, Mizruchi portrays an even more fascinating man.
November of 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vivien Leigh, the talented stage actress and well-loved film star. Vivien Leigh will be forever emblazoned as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire, but there was more to the stunning actress so many adored than these two roles told. For more than thirty years her name alone sold out theaters and cinemas the world over, and she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time: Laurence Olivier loved her; Winston Churchill praised her; Christian Dior dressed her.
Despite being a consummate star, Leigh managed to remain somewhat elusive. She never penned her own story, and biographers that did attempt to tell her real life story fell short, with the most influential figure in her life, husband Laurence Oliver, refusing interviews. But now, with the publishing of VIVIEN LEIGH: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT, new light is being shed on the legendary star and her more personal life
In her new book, author Kendra Bean combines in-depth archival research from previously untapped documents in the Laurence Olivier Archives, new interviews with those who knew the actress, and hundreds of never-before-seen photos by Leigh’s “official” photographer Angus McBean. VIVIEN LEIGH: An Intimate Portrait chronicles Leigh’s entire journey, including: her birth in India; winning the most-coveted role in Hollywood history; international superstardom; her life as half of one of the great romances of the twentieth century; her battles with what today would be diagnosed as bipolar disorder; to her untimely death at age 53. It is a book that fans and film buffs will treasure.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 1951, Warner Bros., 122 min. Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with him and wife Stella (Kim Hunter), her sister.