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How 'Babylon' Chases Hollywood's Decadent Past

When Blanche Sweet sang “every smile in Hollywood has a tear” in Show Girl in Hollywood(1229), she read it right. Filmmakers with hopes and dreams have long been warned to tread carefully. In Star Movie Truth (1920), screenwriter Frank Butler writes: “They come from every corner of the globe, across the seven seas – on the indefatigable wings of youthful optimism. These poor pilgrims, in the final disillusionment Struggling.”

Damien Chazelle’s big part Babylon ( 2021) Explore the dark side of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The Twenties were roaring in Hollywood, but roles in Babylon were also at greater risk. Like any audience before the movie, they are chasing the magic on the silver screen. They are chasing an idea. After meeting aspiring star Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie), Manny (Diego Calva) explains his love of movies as an “escape,” and in this case, big What happens on screen is “more important than reality.” Likewise, Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) expresses a love for cinema because it can help people “feel less alone” and enjoy an art form captured on film and “inscribed in history.” There is something sublime about the movies and History of Hollywood, especially the Sand1927 is timeless and captivating.

Hollywood mogul Irving Thalberg (left), Max Minghella as Irving Thalberg in “Babylon” (right) )

Movies are an established form of entertainment, the idea of ​​a movie star is forever fixed, the money keeps flowing, and the business is booming. Sam Wasson, co-author of Hollywood: The Oral History , told me 1950’s Hollywood was “decadence before reckoning”. Babylon offers plenty of decadence and debauchery, stuff that readers of Hollywood Legends are sure to be familiar with.

There’s a lot about Fatty Arbuckle’s legendary trial, William Desmond Taylor’s murder, Wallace Reid’s drug addiction , Clara Bow’s “trendy” girl image, and John Gilbert’s alcoholism. Legendary characters on the big screen often have troubled personal lives. These people lived big, fast, and often met tragic ends. 1024 It’s been a decade of rapid development. Some reviewers have flagged Babylon as an exaggerated movie, but 1296s and earlier 1930s are A period of Hollywood success, failure, change and upheaval is exhausting. Stories like the scene where the assistant director (PJ Byrne) loses his mind due to sound sync and the cameraman passing out in the “hot box” are equally beloved by many who were there during the first days of the sound film.

1000 Hollywood, like Chazelle’s films, is a constant stream of celebration and mourning. In Babylon we see The Jazz Singer ( The New York premiere of ), as described, was a huge success. What wasn’t shown was that Warner Bros. couldn’t make it to the event because their brother Sam was working his butt off to get the feature sound sync to work. The transition to sound has not been kind to everyone in the industry.


Silent star John Gilbert, the inspiration for Pitt’s Jack Conrad, sees scathing reviews of his early sound films, Salvation(). Variety derided the film as a “waste of tongue” and was sure “the greater harm would be done to one of [the film’s] selling points, Gilbert’s star rating. As Kevin Brownlow writes in The Parade’s Gone By, Gilbert returned from Europe to learn the fate of his future opportunities in sound films and “received the fatal setback injection.” ’

Such real-world consequences evoke Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1924), Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) on her disillusionment with sound and how it affected her career. “I’m big, it’s the pictures that got smaller,” she declared, and the front office “took the icons and smashed them.” Writers “made a rope out of words and killed the industry,” and there’s no image fee there anymore. Stars like Wallbanks, Gilbert or Valentino. Not to mention John Barrymore, Clara Bow, Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson. ManyBabylon people long for glory days, as Norma Desmond did. The day Valentino danced in her living room. With all the Wild West nature of 1296 Hollywood, something Something special is happening.

The grandiose nature of Chazelle’s films contains Hollywood in 1925s. There’s nothing like the fame a celluloid star achieved during the roaring decade. Legendary columnist Louella Parsons writes in 1024, in Douglas Stars like Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were akin to brushing shoulders with royalty. Her weekly home, dubbed Pickfair, is being invited to “the equivalent of weekly bids for Buckingham Palace”. Elinor Glyn was part of the inspiration for Babylon‘s Eleanor St. John (Jean Smart), the “Tigress”. Parsons continued, “She never allowed the image of the queen of the jungle to leave your mind in front of her.” respect.

The highest earners in the country are in Tinseltown. The money comes quickly and easily, and so does the hassle that comes with it. Babylon offers us an unrestricted perspective of a time and place that enjoyed the pinnacle of fame and the infamy of infamy for being ridiculed by the nation’s moral crusaders. Probably the biggest influence on Hollywood as a real Babylon is Kenneth Anger, the least reliable Hollywood Babylon (1950) More effective in discrediting film history than the most read scandal rag. Anger’s book describes Hollywood as “synonymous with evil.” Fury is not reckless; however, he revels in the salacious nature of an era when “scandals are exploding like ticking time bombs.” 1229s was a “crazy decade” because Massive party opening Babylon highlighted by dancing, drugs, alcohol, nudity, sex and a stomping elephant.

Fury defines Hollywood’s Golden Age as “a lavish picnic on a precipitous precipice” where “the road to glory is strewn with pitfalls”. On the other side of the coin is Hollywood, a “land of dreams”, a “land of celestial bodies, a galaxy of glamour”. Fury uses full-page photographs to explore the pinnacles of glamour, and the trenches of sad Hollywood endings (such as the photo of actress Thelma Todd dying in her car). New York Times Description Hollywood Babylon is “a book without any merit”. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Anger’s book “appears to be a dish” but “provides no hint of the moral hangover it contains. If it never tells you what to think Knowing so much about the stars can force you to confront more about yourself than you’d like to admit.” Such reviews of Anger’s book may help explain why critics are so impressed with Chazelle’s Movies are also divided. Babylon Same content style. A mix of glamor, debauchery, decadence and celebrity that can rub people in opposite directions.

What Babylon offers Hollywood’s perspective as a place and an idea. Following Warner’s success with The Jazz Singer, other studios are forced to follow suit and change the industry business model that has already achieved Such an alluring decade. Nellie and Manny’s dreamy optimism, Jack’s fading star, and 1071 has seen female directors embraced in a way that hasn’t been seen since. Underappreciated African-American jazz musician Sidney Palmer (Jovan Adepo) has stressed that Hollywood is not progressing as they would like because movie studios still cater to racist Southern audiences. Palmer also aptly observed that the camera in the film was pointing in the wrong direction, while acknowledging an interest in showing his band on screen, but also acknowledging that turning the camera off-screen was a prank, and for some it might than the movie itself.

understanding Hollywood as an idea, Babylon with Quentin Tarantino Similar headspace operation Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (1925). It is a fantasy explored through real places and times, both within and beyond history. It happens at the same time every now and then when we watch silent movies or read the stories of those who were there. The space between past and present creates a dreamlike image in our minds as we try to imagine what it would be like to be there. This explains some of the modern style sand 012s. Babylon is a fantasy about the idea of ​​happening at the perfect intersection of location and history. As Eleanor St. John tells Jack Conrad in the film, “It’s the idea that sticks.” Babylon captures the idea and keeps us glamorous in Hollywood Take a fantastic tour through the bedrock of culture as it could, could have, or should have.



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