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'Blue Jasmine': The strange history of the tune 'Blue Moon'

'Blue Jasmine': The strange history of the tune 'Blue Moon'

“Blue moon,
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own”

The Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers romantic standard “Blue Moon” plays a significant role in Woody Allen’s new drama “Blue Jasmine.” It is “the song” of the emotionally shattered former socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) and her late husband, the Bernie Madoff-esque Hal (Alec Baldwin). As Jasmine further descends into disillusion and madness, the song becomes her refuge from reality.

“Blue Moon” has been performed over the decades by such singers as Billie Holiday, Dean...

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