“Babylon” is available this Thursday on Skyshowtime.
Along with Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s film was one of the strong titles of the past 2022-2023 awards season, similar to “La La Land”, which culminated in three Oscar nominations.
It was one of the most controversial, or if it were not for the theme of hedonism, the Mecca of cinema in the 1920s: the story follows the transition from silent films to talkie films from the point of view of Hollywood filmmakers and actors. , most of them fictional, told amid vivid footage of cocaine-filled parties and chaotic footage, all told with vivid imagery.
The three-hour film portrays Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s, including lavish parties with drugs, elephants and topless dancers, and very expensive filming in the California desert.
It also touches on issues such as racism and the devastating effect of technological change on silent film stars, many of whom were abandoned by the industry almost overnight.
In the days before its theatrical release, Chazelle said she was inspired after reading about “the strange phenomenon where, in the late 1920s, there was a wave of suicides, deaths that appeared to be suicide drug overdoses”. There were reasons”.
This event coincided with Hollywood’s transition to talkies, said the director, who created his characters from various stars and tycoons of the time: silent film stars (Brad Pitt), young actresses (Margot Robbie), executive producers ( Diego Calva), music sensation (Jovan Adepo) and seductive and energetic performer (Lee Joon Lee), who struggle to stay in the limelight of 1920s Hollywood’s Golden Age and maintain their relevance in a transitional industry.