New Babylon Behind The Scenes Featurette Welcomes You To The Madness

  • November 23, 2022

Babylon’s new behind-the-scenes “Welcome To Babylon Featurette” includes new footage and interviews with writer and director Damien Chazelle, along with stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Joan Adepo, Li Jun Li, and Tobey Maguire. An era of excess, ambition, and debauchery Babylon is set in 1920s Los Angeles during the transition from silent films to sound films, or talkies. The film will follow the rise and fall of a multitude of characters as Hollywood establishes a new type of filmmaking.

Babylon is set in the early days of Hollywood as the industry is in transition before the 1934 Motion Picture Production Code, aka the Hays Code, was established and enforced. Babylon explores a fascinating time in Hollywood’s history with less oversight and a completely new style of filmmaking rising to prominence which changed the landscape of the entertainment industry. Babylon will be released in select theaters December 25, followed by a wide release on January 6, 2023.

The “Welcome To Babylon Featurette” gives new insight into the main characters and tone of the upcoming film. Chazelle explains that Manny (Calva) is the audience’s perspective as an outsider stepping into this wild time and expanding industry. Pitt reveals that his character, Jack Conrad, is the biggest star of the time with a tremendous amount of control, influence, and ambition. Nellie (Robbie) is another newcomer as a determined, aspiring actress, with Robbie describing her as a “tornado.”

It seems that Babylon will draw inspiration from each of Chazelle’s major projects, with the Hollywood glitz and glam and prominent music of La La Land, tackling the hardships that come with an unwavering determination to succeed as he did in Whiplash, and while Babylon is far more fictionalized, it is inspired by historical events in the same way that the biographical drama First Man is. Chazelle himself describes this as his biggest project to date, and it seems like this could be the perfect culmination of his talents and experience. The impressive visuals in the new featurette set the tone and style of Babylon with bombastic comedy and drama in this time of indulgence and desire.

The transition from silent films to talkies marked a huge change in filmmaking, not only behind the camera but in front of it as well. Sound was an entirely new part of the equation, and while some actors flourished in the transition, others faded from prominence. With Pitt’s character, Jack Conrad, at the height of his career and being based on John Gilbert, who did not survive the transition, Babylon could show his downfall. While Robbie’s Nellie, who is a newcomer and loosely based on Clara Bow, who successfully made the transition, could rise to prominence.

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