Open Post: Hosted By The Trailer For “Babylon” Starring Margot Robbie And Brad Pitt
OK, I got one for you: What’s black and white and red all over? Answer: Babylon! In the trailer for La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s new 1920s-Hollywood-set movie starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, the jazz players are Black, the booger sugar is white and for some reason Damien has decided to film all the party scenes, of which there are many, using the Fangtasia filter originated during the making of True Blood.
If you watched Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and thought to yourself “imagine how much better this movie would be if it had Tobey McGuire and Lukas Haas instead of Leo?” or if you watched La La Land and thought to yourself “imagine how much better this movie would be if white people had never heard about jazz,” then Babylon just might be for you! According to Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood newcomer Diego Calva plays Hollywood newcomer Manny Torres, a sauce-loving Hollywood old-timer is played by sauce eschewing Hollywood old-timer Brad, and Margot plays a Hoover 700, the world’s very first vacuum machine. Here’s the trailer for Babylon which also stars Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, Harry Styles’ girlfriend Olivia Wilde, Margot look-alike Samara Weaving, friend to the cancelled Eric Roberts, the (presumably already) uncancelled Jeff Garlin, Max Minghella, and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
This movie has it all, not just 2/3rds of the Pussy Posse! Babylon doesn’t come out until Christmastime and the actual plot is still under wraps, but Damien says he was trying to “subvert audience expectations of what Hollywood was like during the silent era.” EW reports:
While debuting the trailer at TIFF, Chazelle spoke of his desire to subvert audience expectations of what Hollywood was like during the silent era.
“It was about capturing the spirit of that time, which is a lot more Wild West than we often imagine in our conceptions of the Roaring Twenties,” said Chazelle. “There was more excess, more drugs, more extreme living on all ends of the spectrum than I think a lot of people even realize.”
“I don’t think it’s a big surprise that the people who did that did a lot of drugs and partied very hard,” he said at TIFF. “It’s all part of the tapestry. I wanted to try to capture all of it: the highest highs, the lowest lows, humanity at its most glamorous and at its most animalistic and depraved.”
Yes, yes— drugs, sex and Victrolas, and all that, but did you know that actors of the silent era actually could speak? Well, they could! It’s just that Hollywood didn’t have the technology we have today to record the high-pitched frequency of their voices? Seriously they all sounded like Madison in Splash. Nowadays, with the help of a little movie magic, sound engineers are able to record and alter the sounds they make and transform them into normal human speech. It’s remarkable really. Although there is one gaff in this trailer at the 1:21 mark where Brad’s dolphin squawk is over manipulated and he sounds like Mario Luigi.