A Streetcar Named Desire
for the Economic Downturn
|The Glamorous Life Back in New York|
about her past, we see it and then watch in horror as she continues reliving those past scenes out loud. It’s funny in the first sequence as she corners the airline passenger next to her and won’t let go of her until they have their baggage, but then the viewer realizes that it didn’t matter to whom she spoke because she’s too narcissistic to actually participate in a conversation.
|Cate Blanchett as Jasmine|
|Blanchett, Hawkins, and Dexter |
On the Set of Blue Jasmine
There isn’t a false note in the cast with Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay as the only morally uncompromised characters and Bobby Canavale, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg, Tammy Blanchard, and Alden Ehrenreich making each of their scenes count. However, the two boys who play
Ginger’s sons are terrific in their reaction shots during a restaurant scene where their Aunt Jasmine has taken them for dinner and starts giving them advice. One boy has never heard an adult speak like this before and is eating it up, while the other boy sees right through her and can’t believe a word of it.
|Speaking to Her Nephews|
Javier Aguirresarobe’s cinematography is casually spectacular. It is so clear and bright that it seemed like I could see beyond the backgrounds surrounding the characters. Two cavils: the old timey jazz standards seem a little out of place except for the song during the end credits; and, though there are Jewish characters, there are no African-American or Asian-American characters. San Francisco and New York never looked so white.