More Sodom and Gomorrah than Babylon. Or rather, Hollywood. At least that’s the first impact with Babylon. The new and very long (it seems you can’t go below 3 hours and 8 minutes: almost a kidnapping) film by the Oscar winner Damien Chazelle. Which has for protagonists Brad Pitt and one particularly uninhibited Margot Robbie. Together again after the glories of Once upon a time in… Hollywood. The film will be in our theaters on January 19th. But the trailer already makes it clear what kind of dream – or is it reality? – we’re hunting each other. Babylon has already been definedThe Great Gatsby on steroids.” And that doesn’t sound like a compliment.
Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt dissolute and unrestrained in the Babylon trailer
“We will become much more than they ever thought possible,” Robbie’s character declares at one point in the trailer Diego Calva, who plays Manny Torres. A “Latino character” from the silent era in Hollywood. The celebrations based on real sparks are also shared by the character of Pitt, apparently kind and polite, who, when asked what his main ambition in his life is, replies: “Hinding progress”.
The comparison is ruthless. On the one hand, the version of “cinema as art”. On the other, the reality made up of drugs, debauchery, extreme parties and excesses. Where Robbie and Pitt live. When the barrier separating the two worlds falls, trouble begins. “I got here in my own way, I didn’t listen to them,” indomitable Margot Robbie professes. What awaits you?
Babylon storyline by Damien Chazelle
Babylon follows an up-and-coming actress named Nellie LaRoy (played by Robbie) and movie star Jack Conrad (played by Pitt) “during an age of wanton decadence and depravity in early Hollywood,” according to the official summary. We are in the Hollywood of the 20s. Of the difficult and traumatic transition from the silent era to the infamous talkies. That is, sound films. An epochal change that revolutionized world cinema. In less depraved terms, it’s the subject he also addresses Downton Abbey: A new era (2022).
Written by the director of La la LandDamien Chazelle Babylon portrays this transition of the film industry by exploring the rise and fall of different characters. “I wanted to capture how big and bold and bold and unapologetic that world was,” she explained. “It really was a Wild West time for these people, this gallery of characters, as they rise and fall, rise, fall, rise again, fall again.”
A cast of great stars: from Tobey Maguire to Olivia Wilde
“Part of what was magical about working with them in these roles is that each of them felt like they were really able to make the performance the most personal thing they’ve ever done,” Chazelle said of Brad Pitt and Margot. Robbie.
But the two leads aren’t the only big celebrities in the cast. Tobey Maguire, Olivia Wilde, Jean Smart And Jeff Garlin they all have a role more or less iimportant in this highly anticipated film. But there are also Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Samara Weaving. And Eric Roberts. Who went so far as to predict that «Margot will win an Oscar. The one in babylon is the most incredible performance I’ve ever seen».
Clara Bow, the silent diva who inspired Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie has called Babylon the “best cinematic experience” of her life. “What you see on the screen is the chaos of filmmaking and how complex it is. But also how simply the most beautiful thing there is. And, really, shooting it was the same thing. It was so crazy and so funny and unbelievable and just absurd.”
To prepare for Barbie actress studied the life and works of Clara Bow. The silent film diva who was the original inspiration for her character. “Every time I try to create a character, I have to understand her childhood,” she explained. “I can justify anything they do later in life, if I get the hang of it. Clara Bow had probably the most horrible childhood imaginable. You can justify everything Nellie does and says in this film if you imagine her having had such an experience as a child.’
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