Non-stop parties, wild shows and knee-shaking jazz. With that opening, director Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) makes it clear that his upcoming project Babylon will be more cynical than first expected.
The first trailer of the film was released during the Toronto Film Festival, and from the footage it can be seen that the director has managed to squeeze the talent of his two leading actors – Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie – to the limit.
The story of “Babylon” takes place in the 1920s and 1930s, when “cocaine was more abundant than the stars” and the silent cinema was gradually declining at the expense of the sound.
The plot follows the rise and fall of actors, filmmakers and all sorts of industry representatives who have to adjust to the new rules of filmmaking. Naturally, the process is not without the typical Hollywood extravagance, depravity and abuse of various illegal substances.
At the center of the story are the actor at the peak of his fame Jack Conard (Brad Pitt), the ready to do anything just to be popular Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) and the firm conviction that cinema has a more serious mission than creating stars one-dayers, Manny Torres (Diego Calva).
The paths of the three cross and reveal many painful truths about human nature when it is aimed at fame.
“When I moved to Hollywood, there were signs saying, ‘No actors and no dogs.’ I changed that,” says Brad Pitt’s character.
“I found people who will surprise you and destroy your preconceived notions about that era. This epic will show you how much California society has evolved from Chaplin’s Modern Times to now,” adds Damien Chazelle, quoted by Deadline.
As inspiration for the story, the director points to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Federico Fellini’s Sweet Life, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and Robert Altman’s Nashville.
The ambition of this symbiosis is to kill the clichés of the old Hollywood era by showing the celebrities of that time as sex-, drug- and glamor-hungry puppets.
Of course, when it comes to Damien Chazelle, the plot cannot help but flow to the rhythm of music, intricate choreography and shots that are masterpieces of cinematography and cinematography. And in the midst of all that beauty, expect Margot Robbie’s drugged-out heroine to fight snakes.
The premiere of “Babylon” in Bulgarian cinemas is scheduled for January 20, 2023.