Despite Blanchette doing Vivien Leigh, Blue Jasmine is a somewhat serious, but wickedly boring film. But then Vicky Cristina Barcelona might be seen as a hommage to Truffaut’s Jules et Jim. Never has Allen been more neglectful of locale. So, I feel this writing reflects the likes of Godard reviewing Marcel Camus for Orfeu Negro.**
Having come back from Barcelona, for a few days, I was greatly disappointed, that except for some coast and a little Sagrada Familia, you could have shot the thing in Florida and no one would know the difference. Oh yeah, I forgot the one scene at Park Guell and the one shot of the roof on Casa Mila. Woody could have inserted some of my shots. There seemed a lack of locale to the whole thing. Barcelona is a wonderful city, largish and varied. I compare and introduce shots both from my 2008 and 2014. This is my introduction to a series of posts on Spain.
We’ll change the story a little. Instead of Juan Antonio taking them out to the country from Barcelona, the girls meet him in say, ho hum, Madrid. He then proceeds to take them to Barcelona.
Another thing is having both Spaniards, maybe speaking Catalona, which would have left the ditzy Cristina who might have spoken perfect Castillian a little out there. But we would have none of that in this film. Couldn’t the whole thing been shot on Long Island, maybe instead of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, they might have used a nice Jamaican couple. Scarlett Johansson fits in everywhere.
**In my young days, I used to read the likes of Stein, Proust, Marquez, etc. like I really knew what they meant, instead of being just a horse’s ass. Godard was my favorite, anything French would do. I holed up in places like the Elgin, Thalia and Orpheum. Now I’m an old man with a pretentious blog! But Godard had a point, exploit a locale to the fullest.
The Good Wife is supposed to be in Chicago, and her large apartment fools you, but the exterior shots look like Long Island City and the Lockhart Gardner offices midtown Manhattan. What a waste, since Chicago houses some real architectural gems, and wouldn’t it have been nice to have shot something in the Art Institute or over at the University of Chicago. What about involving a client and shooting interiors of Hull House? Or the barrio in Pilsen. For Parenthood, Ron Howard shot St. Louis in Orlando, geez, no comparison!