Cate Blanchett’s captivating multi-layered character performance in Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine should lead the 2014 Oscar nomination season.

 

The screenplay follows a wife’s collapsed after a marriage to a “Bernie Madoff” type of scam artist has ended. The narrative which is a portrait of a woman in complete discord alternates between two parallel story lines. The film is memorizing through the incomparable blending by film editor Alisa Lepselter whose credits includes Midnight in Paris and Match Point.

 

Photo by Sony Pictures:  Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen

Blue Jasmine is superbly crafted. Javier Aguierresarobe, a Spanish Basque cinematographer whose credits include Goya’s Ghosts reflects the modern contemporary upheavals of the characters through the scenic sights of San Francisco and the East Coast. A walk along Ocean Beach, Chinatown, shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hamptons and New York enlightens the audience of the tapestries glorify leisure activities of the rich and the realities of working class American.
The film’s costume designer, Suzie Benzinger, dressed Cate Blanchett’s character perfectly. Chanel, Hermes, Carolina Herrera, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Missoni are among the designers featured in Blanchett’s clothes and accessories.
Jean Anouilh was a French dramatist who wrote, “There is love of course. And then there’s life, its enemy.” Writer and director Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine, is powerful observant and pleasurable movie about love and its enemy. The cast Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg and Alden Ehrenreich are all tackling romantic longings through their characters.

 
The musical selection for Blue Jasmine is an old jazz standard Blue Moon. The song’s lyrics make a poignant statement about the characters longings. “Blue Moon / You saw me standing alone / Without a dream in my heart / Without a love of my own.”

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