Interview: Woody Allen on Blue Jasmine

In a private chat, the writer-director discusses money, status and Cate Blanchett's seismic performance.

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Ever since it opened to raves in July, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine has figured massively in the awards horse race, particulary in the category of Best Actress: Cate Blanchett's turn as an unperched Manhattan socialite has been considered the unquestioned front-runner. Allen, per his long-standing custom, has done virtually nothing to personally promote the film. (Even when he wins Oscars, he's never there to accept them.) Call this critic happily surprised, then, that he and two others—Variety's Scott Foundas and Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman—were invited to Allen's Park Avenue editing suite for an exclusive sit-down with the director. Our lengthy discussion touched on many aspects of Blue Jasmine, along with Allen's general filmmaking process and wider concerns. Finally, the Woodman showed us his extensive vinyl collection, the source of so many memorable jazz cues from his movies. Sheepishly, he admitted the records aren't in any particular order. Below are several audio clips from our interview.


Intro

Blue Jasmine, an American story

On Cate Blanchett

On empathy for characters

On identity and loss

On money and status

On trauma

On blue jazz

On the joy of filmmaking




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