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Only about three minutes of total footage, cut from more than 10 scenes of the original release to satisfy ’50s Production Code censors, has been restored to A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director’s Version. But they definitely do heighten the sexual tension and clarify key elements of Tennessee Williams’ own adaptation of his Pulitzer-winning masterwork. Marlon Brando has never been better than as the Neanderthal Stanley Kowalski. But it’s Vivien Leigh’s heartbreakingly lost Blanche DuBois (her second Oscar) that really keeps this trolley on the tracks as an all-time classic. And, oh that Alex North music.

Originally posted June 24 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT

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