Karin Badt: Woody Allen's New Film "Blue Jasmine": Blanche on Xanax

Woody Allen's new film Blue Jasmine is a harsh contemporary remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, with Cate Blanchett playing the Blanche role (Jasmine) of a dissolute vodka-swigging widow who must go live on the mercy of her sister (played by the charming Sally Hawkins), after she loses her pampered homestead in New York. What makes this version contemporary: Jasmine lost her home because her financier husband (Alec Baldwin) was a Wall Street crook, stealing money so as to afford their Park Avenue glitzy lifestyle.

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