In January 2023 it arrives in Italian cinemas with Eagle Pictures Babylonthe new film by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle, director of The Earth And Whiplash; a memorable tale starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie set in 1920s Los Angeles. “Babylon” is a tale of boundless ambition and outrageous excess, which traces the rise and fall of several characters to a time of unbridled decadence and depravity in glitzy Hollywood between the transition from silent films to sound.
Plot and Cast
The official plot: “Babylon” is a tale of boundless ambition and outrageous excess, which traces the rise and fall of several characters to a time of unbridled decadence and depravity in 1920s Hollywood brilliance between the transition from silent films to sound.
The cast led by Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie also includes Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, PJ Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving and Olivia Wilde.
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- In the summer of 2019, screenwriter and director Damien Chazelle brought a draft script for the film to major film studios. There were rumors about the quality of the script, which actor Brad Pitt later called “really, really good”. However, several executives reportedly hesitated due to an expected budget of between $80 million and $100 million. As a result, Chazelle spent time reworking the script to cut the budget. Soon after, a bidding war broke out between Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Entertainment to secure the film’s worldwide distribution rights. In the end, Paramount triumphed.
- The story is set in a “Pre Code” Hollywood, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, during the motion picture industry’s transition from silent films to sound films. This Hollywood era was renowned not only for its legendary parties and rebellious behavior, but also for its transgressive cinematic content. Prior to 1934, Hollywood movies could depict or involve nudity, lewd gestures, same-sex relationships, adultery, rape, abortion, and drug use. When “Code” film production was enforced in 1934, film content was severely restricted, and censorship did not allow pre-Code films to be reissued without permanent cuts to the mainstream press. The “Code” would remain in effect until 1968, by which time the transgressive era of pre-Code cinema had now faded into national memory.
- Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio both read Damien Chazelle’s script for ‘Babylon’ (2022) during filming Once upon a time… in Hollywood (2019). DiCaprio’s friend, actor Tobey Maguire, is one of the producers of “Babylon.”
- Emma Stone was originally cast in the lead role, which was announced to be based on Clara Bow, an American actress who successfully transitioned from silence to sound in 1929. When Stone left due to scheduling conflicts, after production has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Margot Robbie is replacing him, the role is being reworked to become more fictional in nature.
- During a podcast, Damien Chazelle said that the screenplay was inspired by Babylon Berlin (2017), a German neo-noir television series created, written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, and based on the novels by German author Volker Kutscher. The series takes place in Berlin in 1929, during the last years of the Weimar Republic (the German Reich in the period between 1918 and 1933). The plot follows Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), a police detective in Cologne who is on a secret mission to dismantle an extortion ring, and Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries), a police employee with ambitions as a detective. day and night clapper. , slang to define the women of the Roaring Twenties, free and rebellious spirits with excessive make-up, a passion for alcohol, a casual and free sexuality and a series of habits defying the social norms of the time such as smoking in public and driving cars alone.
- Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt previously starred together in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” “Babylon” and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” explore periods of transition in the film industry. This story explores the transition period between silent film and sound as Tarantini’s film explores the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
- Third collaboration between Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt after The big bet (2015) and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”. However, the two actors did not share scenes in these films.
- Coincidentally, just as Margot Robbie eventually took over the lead role from Emma Stone in that film, Stone was eventually cast instead of Robbie in Birdman or (The Unpredictable Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), in the supporting role of Sam.
- The opening scene of the film, which should last 30 minutes, will be characterized by “the debauchery of Fellini” and graphic images involving a long orgy, reminiscent of films such as Eyes wide closed (1999) by Stanley Kubrick.
- Olivia Wilde and Spike Jonze previously worked together on She she (2013).
- The film’s cast includes two Oscar winners: Brad Pitt and Spike Jonze; and two Oscar nominees: Margot Robbie and Eric Roberts.
- The film is produced by Olivia Hamilton, Padraic Murphy, Marc Platt and Matthew Plouffe. Tobey Maguire, Michael Beugg, Helen Estabrook, Adam Siegel and Christa Vausbinder serve as executive producers.
Who is Damien Chazelle?
Oscar-winning director/producer Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the musical La La Land, which received 14 Oscar nominations and won six, including Best Director for Chazelle, which is the most young director never rewarded. The film also broke the Golden Globe Awards record and had the honor of receiving five BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and 11 nominations. His previous 2014 film Whiplash received five Oscar nominations with three awards including Best Supporting Actor for JK Simmons. His 2013 short film, based on the script of “Whiplash”, received the Jury Prize for Short Films at the Sundance Film Festival and the following year the feature film won the same festival, both the awards of the jury and public. Chazelle directed his first feature film Guy and Madeline on a park bench, while still a student at Harvard University. The film was ranked among the best movies of the year by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, The Village Voice and others. In 2018, Chazelle directed First man – The first man with Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. The film, a film adaptation of the official biography “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” written by James R. Hansen and released in 2005, tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, and in previous years the Apollo 11 mission. The film received 4 Oscar nominations: best scenography, sound editing, sound and special effects, winning the statuette for this last category.
- The original music of the film is by the composer Justin Hurwitzin his fourth collaboration with director Damienne Chazelle after “Whiplash”, “La La Land” which earned Hurwitz two Oscars (best score and best original song “City of Stars” with Benj Pasek & Justin Paul) and First man – The first man (Golden Globe for best score).