Woody Allen Gets Serious Again

Blue Jasmine is due out in the heat of the summer on July 26th

Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, stars Cate Blanchett, as well as Alec Baldwin and Louis CK.

Born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, Allen is a frail man of five feet and five inches, with a veracious work ethic.

Woody Allen, 77, is not a director. He is not a comedian or a musician, and he certainly isn’t an actor. Woody Allen is a writer.

Aside from his collections of short stories and one act plays, such as Without Feathers and Side Effects, Allen is most well-known for his masterful body of screenplays.

Spanning more than forty years, a body that encompasses everything between comedy and drama, from his first film, Take the Money and Run (1969) to his last film, To Rome with Love (2012).

Allen has kept his fans guessing when a new one of his films comes out nearly every year, whether they are to expect a comedy or a more serious drama. With Blue Jasmine, Allen is getting serious.

In the same vein as Match Point (2005) or Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008), Allen has had much success as of late in directing films set in Europe.

The most financially successful film of his career was Midnight in Paris (2011), which was shot on location in Paris.

However, most of his classics were shot in New York, such as Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), where he was born and raised just across the bridge in Brooklyn.

This year’s film, Blue Jasmine, marks his return to the states. Set in San Francisco, California, Allen tells the story of a woman, played by Blanchett, who moves in with her sister after it is discovered that her husband is a criminal.

Not surprisingly, the city she flees to get away from her spouse is New York. And although the trailer has been released, as with all of Allen’s films, the details of the plot are closely guarded.

This production marks the sixth collaboration between Allen and Sony Pictures Classics.

Filming took place on location in San Francisco and New York. The film received a PG-13 rating and is due out next month in limited release.

-Jameson Doris

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