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A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, is a 1951 American film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski but, although lauded for his powerful portrayal, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor. Brando’s performance has since been cited as the most influential performance in the history of American cinema and has been widely credited for being one of the first performances to introduce Method acting to Hollywood moviegoers.

Poster Concept: One of the most memorable scenes from the film is when Marlon Brando’s Stanley Kowalski screams his wife’s name, Stella, from the street. I chose different letterforms to illustrate the frustrated energy he exudes when pleading for his wife to respond to him. The “T” is white because Stanley wears a white t-shirt in this scene, and it was shocking at this point in history for a major character to be portrayed in his undergarments. I chose to use a palette of white + grays in order to connect to the gritty nature of this classic black + white film. I did a hand inked pass of dark gray to add more “grit” to the typography.

There is a stamp centered at the bottom that references the project series:
Hamilton Woodtype, MetaNew, American Classics

Typography: Vintage wood type from the archives at Hamilton Woodtype Museum

Size: 12 in x 19 in


Category Poster Inks Gray and White
Paper Other Production Letterpress, 3 print runs, plus one hand inked pass
Paper Weight 80 C Printer Self-Printed
Paper Color Metallic Silver Artist/Agency Meta Newhouse


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