Double Take

'When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there. And the time will come when you see we're all one, and life flows on within you and without you – George Harrison

Reflections on Blue Jasmine (2013) by Rowena J Ronson


Crocodile Fears (RJR)Reflections on Blue Jasmine (2013) by Rowena J Ronson

I had been wanting to see Woody Allen’s latest offering for a long while, but it was only this week that I, at last, managed it. And it was well worth the wait, as the film, in every accomplished way, met the formidably glorious high standard of a WA great.

For me the theme was lack of integrity, and how we can be dishonest in so many ways. We can lie and cheat in business and life; we can live with someone who lies and cheats in every way imaginable and convince ourselves that it isn’t happening; we can pretend to escape from our old world and forget our past in the romantic delusion of a new relationship in order to cheat our desired future of the truth; we can be married and have an affair but not tell either partner the truth to satisfy our own needs. Blue Jasmine opens for us a story of such dishonesty and deception and shows how devastating the consequences can be, but still in that light-hearted Woody Allen way that marries tragedy with comedy in an ecstatic entwining.

The film got me thinking about the condoners in this world, the quiet ones who go along with dishonesty, turning a blind eye if the duplicity serves them too, living the lie themselves with concrete justification to counteract their own guilty consciences.

I quote Shakespeare: ‘To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.’ How many of us live by this adage in this day and age and do we do so congruently in all aspects of our lives? Double Take welcomes discussion on this topic.


2 thoughts on “Reflections on Blue Jasmine (2013) by Rowena J Ronson

  1. Couldn’t agree more – great analysis – like everything I believe as you suggest that it starts with the relationship we have with ourselves – in other words honesty starts at home – breaking down the artifices and recognising the masks we wear – recognising that it might feel terrifying to see what is really there but being delighted to find it’s the strongest most rewarding place of all …….

  2. Lovely analysis Rowena and a great quote. There are so many ways of manipulating the truth and thereby manipulating others. In Blue Jasmine it is shown to the extreme, which helps us to recognise it in real life situations where it all happens in a more concealed way.

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