Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle screened “Babylon,” his epic love letter to Hollywood, for the first time on Monday, Nov. 14 ahead of its Christmas Day release. His 3+ hour image from Paramount chronicles the turbulent transition from the silent era to walkie talkies.
Chazelle has crafted a story that blends fact and fiction by following the journeys of two newcomers to Tinseltown: a future starlet Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) and filmmaker Manny Torres (Diego Calva). The supporting cast is led by the Oscar champion brad pitt as matinee idol Jack Conrad and Emmy darling John Smart like sour-tongued Elinor St. John.
In the post-screening Q&A, Pitt talked about working with Chazelle to create his larger-than-life character, which is in the vein of screen legends. Douglas Fairbanks and John Gilbert. Pitt easily admitted that he dismissed their acting style because it was too over the top and admitted, “It wasn’t until I sat down and saw some of the movies Damien requested. that you find a real charm there. , and a warmth in them.
Robbie observed that the decadence depicted in the film is a far cry from the reality of Hollywood today, “where there are a lot less drugs now”. Indeed, making movies a century ago was, in Pitt’s words, like working in the “Wild Wild West.”
Chazelle spoke of her hopes of making a film that pays homage to a trio of movie classics: Federico Fellini“The good life” Francis Ford Coppola“The Godfather” and Robert AltmanIt’s “Nashville”. The tagline for “Babylon,” which accompanies the trailer above, promises all that and more: “A tale of overweening ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of several characters to a era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood. .”
Behind the scenes, the writer/director found objective Linus Sandgrenand composer Justin Hurwitz who won Oscars for their work on ‘La La Land’ plus that movie’s cutter Tom’s Cross. which had prevailed with the academy for the first film of Chazelle “Whiplash”.
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