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Summer Movies 2013: Blue Jasmine

July 30, 2013 by Alison Bailes divider image
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Woody Allen has always crafted rich female roles in his films. And he also chooses exceptional actresses who become synonymous with his work. Think of Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, Mia Farrow as Alice, Mariel Hemingway as Tracy in “Manhattan”. Now Cate Blanchett steps in front of his lens in “Blue Jasmine”, a desperately sad […]

Woody Allen has always crafted rich female roles in his films. And he also chooses exceptional actresses who become synonymous with his work. Think of Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, Mia Farrow as Alice, Mariel Hemingway as Tracy in “Manhattan”. Now Cate Blanchett steps in front of his lens in “Blue Jasmine”, a desperately sad portrait of a lost soul, which also happens to be humorous and entertaining. After the disappointing “From Rome with Love”, Allen is back on form surrounding himself with a superb cast and weaving an absorbing story of one woman’s downward spiral.

Starting his tale in the familiar, wealthy homes of Manhattan and the Hamptons, Allen casts Blanchett as Jasmine, an elegant, socialite wife to Wall Street financier Hal, played dab-handedly by Alec Baldwin, who at this point in his career, can do underhanded, slick philanderer in his sleep. Jasmine would seem to have it all, even if she does have to turn a blind eye to some of her husband’s indiscretions. But a financial scandal takes away everything that Jasmine holds dear and she is left penniless and alone. She has never worked a day in her life and is remarkably ill-equipped to do anything. It’s no wonder that Jasmine is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Continue reading…


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