literature, cinema, fine arts

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Being Woody Allen

  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Müpa Film Club

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Almost without exception, this film's universally delighted critics asserted that Woody Allen's movie was inspired by Tennessee Williams's play, A Streetcar Named Desire. There is much truth to the idea, given the story... But perhaps more importantly, Blue Jasmine is immensely sophisticated theatre, even if it is no simple matter to make theatre without damaging the source material. Yet the story is no more than a wire that Woody Allen uses to fuse the pearls of fate together. There is no question that the fate of the central pearl, Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), is the most spectacular.

The once rich and carefree lady moves from Manhattan to San Francisco to stay with her younger sister (Sally Hawkins) after her old world falls apart. Now, she must create/find a new life in the milieu of the lower middle-class. If she can break away from her old one. This is one of Cate Blanchett's finest performances, earning her an Oscar and a whole host of other awards. At the same time, the smaller pearls of the garland are also incredibly thrilling. This is perhaps Woody Allen's heaviest drama, given that the story between Ginger, the sister, and her boyfriend (Bobby Cannivale) also carries significant weight on its own. Especially if we add in the drama of the ex (Andrew Dice Clay), and a guy that Ginger picks up at a party (Louis C. K.). Then Dwight, Jasmine's hope for the future (Peter Sarsgaard), is another separate drama. And there is Hal (Alec Baldwin), Jasmin's past life and marriage, who keeps popping up. Why the devil do we need so many outstanding actors in this simple tale? Well, because they each have a role to play. Because Woody Allen wrote it, and put them in it. With incredible elegance. As we watch Jasmine struggle to make sense of what is for her a barely comprehensible environment - there is a great distance between East and West Coast - a half-dozen heart-rending private stories unfold beside her. With painful dependencies, and attachments. On this occasion, the Jewish jokes are omitted, with no witty dialogues or winks to the camera. Blue Jasmine is an example of Woody Allen's outstanding achievements as a dramatist and director.

In English, with Hungarian subtitles.

The discussions before and after the screening will be conducted in Hungarian.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • director
    Woody Allen
  • host
    András Réz

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