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Woody Allen: Why you should care about 'Blue Jasmine'

By InCinemas  /  08 Oct 2013 (Tuesday)
Source: Shaw Organisation

Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) wasn’t born into wealth; she met and married Hal (Alec Baldwin), a handsome, high-flying businessman, when she was a college student. Hal quickly transported her to a world of high fashion clothes, precious jewelry, elegant dinner parties, beach houses and private planes.

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“She was captivated,” says director Woody Allen. “Hal was good looking, charming, successful, dynamic and wealthy, and he swept her off her feet. She changed her direction and suddenly found herself leading the life of a wealthy wife—and she got used to it.” 

As Jasmine is such a creature of privilege, one could easily take the position not to care about Jasmine. "But what makes her a person that you care about is that her story isn’t just about economic deprivation, it’s a tragic flaw in her character that made her the instrument of her own demise.” says Allen. “She is someone who chose not to look too deeply at the source of her pleasure, her income, her security, and because of that paid a terrific price. To look the other way is a human flaw we all share; people do it in little ways all the time with their children, and with their husbands and wives.”

Do You Know?
The film was initially named Jasmine French. However, because of the score, director Woody Allen and his team felt that Blue Jasmine best characterized the mood of the picture. 

In additional, Jasmine also references “Blue Moon” several times as the song that was playing when she met Hal—a tune whose famous lyric “you saw me standing alone” resonates with the scene where Jasmine meets Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard).

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