“I remember him talking about how wild this movie would be. What a ride it would be, and that it would be centered around these parties, composer Justin Hurwitz said as he recalled the first conversations he had with director Damien Chazelle about “Babylon.” Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt star in Chazelle's film that revolves around Hollywood in the 1920s as the movie industry shifts from silent films to sound. Said Hurwitz, “There would be a lot of music in between...
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After exploring the wonders of space in the muted and elegiac “First Man” (2018), about astronaut Neil Armstrong, Chazelle returns this holiday season to the gaudier earthly wonders of the Los Angeles he honored in his Oscar-winning “La La Land” (2016) with “Babylon,” a lavish comedy-drama set in Hollywood’s hedonistic 1920s. It follows a coterie of characters struggling to attain or maintain fortune and fame as cinema evolves from silents to talkies. The film, which Chazelle has described as “big, boisterous and loud” and fueled by “composites of real-life people,” features a host of stars, including Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, reuniting since “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” as an old-school leading man and a debauched starlet. Rounding out the cast are Diego Calva (“Narcos: Mexico), Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Spike Jonze, Samara Weaving and Olivia Wilde.