kai, i just watched the dvd. it's a great film. he rapes her. that is why stella goes upstairs in the final scene and says she'll never go in there (her house) again. i saw the director's cut which may have a scene you missed. it's pretty obvious he rapes her. that's why he says 'i never touched her' to his friends. apparently blanche told everyone but no one wanted to believe her. in the 'production notes' section of the dvd it states how williams and elia kazan fought not to have the rape censored. they also tried to censor the backstory of blanche's ex being homosexual and her becoming a nympho after he dies. eric, this is a fantastic movie. perhaps when you're older you'll be able to identify with all the characters. blanche should be on our list of coolest movie characters. there were too many great lines in this. i'm going to watch it again tomorrow.
Spoilers Included: Matador, There is plenty of room for confusion. The whole rape aspect is completely out of character for Kowalski. He is a pretty stand up guy the whole movie, and he ignores the very very subtle flirting Blanche throws at him early in the movie. And the reaction all the people, friends of the Kowlaskis at the end of the movie went from "Haha, everything is normal, were just hanging out" to turning their backs on Stanley for no apparent reason. If they had heard rape acusations earlier why would they be so jovial with Stanley before they committed Blanche. Her insane rambling made no sense, she didn't blame Stanley during her rambles, but everyone seems to know she is messed up because Stan raped her, confusing me because minutes earlier, everything was fine. I have the new DVD with all the deleted scenes include that were supposed to have all the sexual tension. Even for a film of its time, I saw very little "sexual tension", there was more of it in Casablanca a film a few years older. Also, Blanche is defenitely not someone I would add to the coolest actor/actress list, perhaps the crazy whore list. I didn't see many women, and I didn't name any because none really stand out to me aside perhaps Natalie Portman in "Leon". I just think Streetcar was a pretty weak movie aside from the performances and fail to see why it recieves so much praise. I doubt this is gonna change with age, but who knows, I'd much rather like something than dislike it, but I can't lie to myself. Eric