A View from the Bridge - Plays, Penguin Author:Arthur Miller Italian-American immigrant life in the 1950's textures this searing drama of love and revenge. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is devoted to his wife, Beatrice, and to his niece, Catherine. When Beatrice's impoverished Sicilian cousins enter the U.S. illegally in the hope of finding work, Eddie gives them a helping hand. But when Catherine and one of... more » the cousins fall in love, Eddie's affection for his niece turns into obsession. Directed by Peter Levin. Starring: Charles Cioffi, Harry Hamlin, Jamie Hanes, Mary McDonnell, Peter Morse, Ed O'Neill, Amy Pietz, Don Tieri« less
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Illegal immigrants on the 50s Brooklyn waterfront. Eddie Carbone seems to be a nice guy at the start: bringing up his wife's niece, smuggling in her relatives; but everything changes after they arrive. All is no longer well in Muddville. Self-esteem is all-important in his Italian neighborhood and the docks where he works. So it is with the Italian immigrants.
There are many parallels between Arthur Miller's âA View From the Bridgeâ (1955) and Tennessee William's âA Streetcar Named Desireâ (1947)
A View From the Bridge A Streetcar Named Desire
Eddie Carbone Stanley Kowalski Working class stiffs on collision
course with their family
Beatrice Stella Both try in vain to keep the peace
Catherine Blanche Catherine is B's niece'
Blanche is Stella's sister
Rodolpho Mitch Rodolpho: immigrant relative of B
Mitch is Stanley's friend
Blanche sings âPaper Moon,â Rodolpho sings âPaper Dollâ