Because New York City is such a ” small world after all”, I had heard about this film by Elizabeth Lucas,
Clear Blue Tuesday from one of it’s principal players, Cassandra Kubinski.
I had admired Cassandra’s work and we met one day in New York to discuss her possible appearance in one of my plays which I was adapting as a screenplay. Cassandra, like most of the players in this film, is not only a performer but also a songwriter. She discussed Lucas’ project and I was terrifically curious about the outcome.
So it was delightful to know that it had indeed come full circle.
I just love the concept of this experimental ensemble piece—-a sad and whimsical look at New Yorkers after the crisis of 9/11. Not only that , but it uses original musical songs by it’s ensemble cast to advance it’s theme.
Well, this is really an ambitious feat and even if it succeeds at just moments of purity, I believe you can call this film a success. I can tell already that it succeeds in the lead performance by 75 year old Jan O’dell.
Unfortunately I am not in New York to review the film, but if you read the New York Times profile you can get an idea of director Lucas’ lofty and true intentions to mix surrealism and realism with a nod to the memory of 9/11 and it’s aftermath.
.I know one thing just from seeing the trailer. Jan O’Dell gives a really stunning and nuanced performance as an elderly lady searching for her lost son. I sincerely hope the Screen Actor’s Guild takes a good look at her performance and nominates it for a SAG actress in a supporting or leading role at this year’s ceremony.
I personally will lobby for it as here — as so few elderly actresses get a crack at a good role.
I am also hoping that the production team will bring Clear Blue Tuesday to Los Angeles and we might screen it at the Screen Actor’s Guild for local members.
I applaud the director Elizabeth Lucas for her willingness to take her film in an unusual direction and the ensemble cast including Cassandra Kubinski and Jan O dell who went out on that limb with her.