During rehearsals for the film adaption of A Streetcar Named Desire, director Elia Kazan originally sought to cut this line from the final edit but both Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter fought against it. Vivien, particularly, thought the line spoke volumes as to Blanche’s past and how increasingly fragile she had become throughout the years as a result of the emotional turmoil that shaped her early years and continued to affect her. The last shot, where Marlon Brando’s character is pushing Kim Hunter’s off of him, is also significant as it highlights both Stanley Kowalski’s ignorance and agitation at his sister-in-law’s vulnerability, which sets the precedent for how he treats Blanche from there on out.