“Vivien called up Ruth and me. Ruth never gave up on her. She loved her to pieces. She came over and said, ‘You’ve got to help me. Talk to Larry. Tell him he mustn’t do this. He’ll kill me if he does this.’ She believed in her heart and mind and soul that Larry could come back to her in time.” -Garson Kanin
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.