Nov. 15, 2022 – It charts the fortunes of largely fictional Hollywood actors and producers trying to navigate the transition from silent movies to “talkies” — as well as a lifestyle of cocaine-fueled, no-holds-barred parties and wild on-set misbehavior, all depicted in graphic detail.

Asked at a post-screening discussion if “Babylon” had made her nostalgic for the movie industry´s so-called “Golden Age,” Robbie noted that “there´s way less drugs now” in Hollywood.

“Sadly true!” joked Pitt.

The movie from Chazelle, who won a youngest-ever best director Oscar for “La La Land” and was also nominated for the screenplay of “Whiplash,” is one of the final major award contenders to be shown to voters this year. Reviews remain under embargo.

Across three hours, “Babylon” portrays a nascent 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles filled with wild parties featuring drugs, elephants and topless dancers, along with spendthrift, lawless film sets in the California desert.

It also tackles topics such as racism, and the devastating effect that rapidly evolving technology had on stars of the silent era, many of whom were abandoned almost overnight by the industry.


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