Babylon (Damien Chazelle, 2021)

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domino harvey
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Re: Babylon (Damien Chazelle, 2021)

#26 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:55 am

The script has leaked. The Emma Stone role is Clara Bow. Anna May Wong is another real life character with a major part, as of yet uncast. And apparently early reports that the script as-is is a big budget NC-17 film were accurate and the final version will presumably be toned down well before filming starts

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Re: Babylon (Damien Chazelle, 2021)

#27 Post by Never Cursed » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:52 pm

I'll speak in vague terms here so as not to spoil anything, but just out of caution, I'll spoiler-box the rest of this:
This reads a lot like Boogie Nights, and the parallels between the two film's historical contexts are fairly obvious (with the end of the Golden Age of Porn being substituted for the late silent and early sound era), but without saying too much I'd suggest that Babylon's is a far more cynical and perhaps even iconoclastic script. Certainly the Anger reference is more than coincidental (a lot more), though there isn't too much in the way of cribbing actual stories from Anger's book (though Clara Bow's, Erich Von Stroheim's, and a few others are present). On that note, the above description of Babylon as a big-budget NC-17 film is entirely appropriate. Though I'm sure it will be cut down before filming (both for content and because the script is almost 200 pages long), the script as I've read it is the most explicit thing I've ever seen from a big American studio (as in, Wolf Of Wall Street levels of swearing and quite a few graphic sex scenes, two of which are among the most bizarre I've ever read).

A word on casting: The film has a lot of parts, with fictional characters intermingled with historical figures, but there are three main roles: Emma Stone as Clara Bow, Brad Pitt as Jack Conrad, a fictional established movie star based on John Gilbert (they haven't announced what role Pitt is playing yet, but the descriptions of Conrad's character makes it unambiguous), and the as-yet uncast role of a fictional young Hispanic man, Manny Torres, who becomes a studio fixer and gets dragged into the wild personal lives of the other leads.

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