“Babylon”: A Modern Funeral Pyre

Travis Weedon
2 min readJan 14, 2023

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In the cinematic tradition of Goodfellas and Boogie Nights, Damien Chazelle’s Babylon charts the rise and fall of a glorified yet ignominious subculture with visual aplomb and raucous depravity. But Babylon may be the last of its kind. The era it memorializes is in many ways its own.

The film follows two up-and-comers in the mid-1920s’ silent film industry — Margot Robbie’s drug-fueled hot mess with talent…

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