Superb epic on Hollywood cinema of the 20s and 30s, “Babylon” by Damien Chazelle is released this Wednesday, January 18 in France. Several previews are offered this Sunday in Perpignan, Canet-en-Roussillon, Leucate, Carcassonne and Narbonne. Meeting with the director, the most gifted of the young generation.
A unique film, rarely produced by Hollywood and the cinema industry. A work of extraordinary ambition and a breath, a brio, a force that sweeps away everything in its path. Dive into the world of babylon it’s letting yourself be overwhelmed by lively music, daring and delirious scenes. And a stunning cast starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.
The parallel story of several people who participated in the making of the legend of Hollywood cinema. A great silent actor (Brad Pitt), a fearless young girl who is going to become a star (Margot Robbie), a young Mexican (Diego Calva), a studio confidant then a visionary of the future of cinema, a black trumpeter (Jovan Adepo) living only for his music, meeting fame when cinema becomes talking and musical. Over three intense hours to chronicle the rise and fall of what was to become a global industry.
In this film, his fifth only, Damien Chazelle, met this Saturday January 14 in Paris, wanted to put “everything that shocked me in Hollywood history. It was thought to be a wise and glam era, but there were a lot of hidden stories around sex, drugs, morals.” An ambiance “punk rock” which he filmed in an introduction that should remain in the cinema anthology. A party in the villa of a rich producer. All excesses are allowed, encouraged. The music is lively, the alcohol flows freely, the men and women lose all inhibition, all artisans of the silent cinema of the time, let loose for a night of madness. “Unlike Lalaland, the choreography of this party had to be hidden, explains the director. Give the impression that it’s spontaneous to capture the crazy side. We rehearsed a lot for that.”
Brad Pitt, during a press conference at the Bristol, again this Saturday, January 14, confirmed the crazy side of the period told in the film: “We believed that at the time everything was in its place in a sterile environment. But there was a total absence of rules, freedom in all its excesses.”
babylon goes much further in the superficial aspect of the delirium of the time. The film also tells how at that time, “in Los Angeles, anyone could do anything” Brad Pitt embodies a star of silent cinema, fickle, alcoholic but also perfectly aware that if his films attract millions of spectators, they are only minor works. He would like to do more, better. But when the talkies arrive, he sees his world collapsing, dislodged from the front of the stage by the actors who have passed through the theatre.
You also have to see this film for the incredible composition of Margot Robbie. She gives her all in this physical role. Her beauty, her presence, irradiates all the planes where she intervenes. When she is brilliant in front of the camera, but also when she freaks out, burns her drugs or in the casino, until she finds herself in debt with a gangster of the worst kind. We discover in this role an astonishing Tobey Maguire, a real walking nightmare between furious madness and gratuitous violence.
Previews: the choice is yours
Babylon hits theaters this Wednesday. But you can discover it in preview from this Sunday, January 15 in several cinemas in the region.
This Sunday it is scheduled at Clap Ciné in Canet-en-Roussillon at 5:30 p.m., at Clap Ciné in Leucate at 3:45 p.m. The CGR cinemas in Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales also offer screenings this Sunday: 5 p.m. 45 in Carcassonne, 6 pm in Narbonne and Perpignan.
Tuesday evening, the Méga Castillet also offers a slightly more select preview on Tuesday January 17 at 9 p.m. with a Charleston concert and casino atmosphere in the cinema lobby. It is recommended that spectators come in dress code from the 20s. Will a spectator dare to wear the dress of the beautiful Nellie LeRoy alias Margot Robbie?
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Why you absolutely must not miss the film Babylon by Damien Chazelle with Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie