Yesterday, we saw a peak at Cate Blanchett’s powerful performance in Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine. As the story of an emotionally spiraling housewife who moves to San Francisco to live with her sister, we can’t help but wonder which bag of tricks Allen picked this one from. As someone who has been churning out films in succession for years, it’s an incredible thing to watch the nuances of his work change—for better or worse—as the years go by. And speaking to the truth of life, Allen said that:
You start to think, when you’re younger, how important everything is and how things have to go right—your job, your career, your life, your choices, and all of that. Then, after a while, you start to realise that – I’m talking the big picture here – eventually you die, and eventually the sun burns out and the earth is gone, and eventually all the stars and all the planets in the entire universe go, disappear, and nothing is left at all. Nothing – Shakespeare and Beethoven and Michelangelo gone. And you think to yourself that there’s a lot of noise and sound and fury – and where’s it going? It’s not going any place… Now, you can’t actually live your life like that, because if you do you just sit there and – why do anything? Why get up in the morning and do anything? So I think it’s the job of the artist to try and figure out why, given this terrible fact, you want to go on living.