Plouffe, who first talked with Damien Chazelle about the idea for this film 13 years ago, likened the scene it to what really happened back then, long before CGI sunsets or the Volume. He explained:
“We were chasing the light the same way they were chasing the light, so there was this incredible meta moment happening. And that felt really spiritual. That felt like we were doing this thing that they’ve been doing for 100 years. And we weren’t chasing a visual effect sun. We were chasing the real sun as they were. And then they start cheering, and then we start cheering, and then we’re all looking at each other, hugging and crying and going, ‘Oh my god, we did it.’ You feel really connected to something, then. That was really crazy.”
I get the spiritual thing. In a film that is frenetic and non-stop, full of parties and excess, it all comes down to that one moment. In the middle of the clanging of swords, the personal struggles, and the insane pace of moviemaking in the silent film era, this one moment stops everything and reminds us that film is there to make us feel something. At that one moment, audiences (both fictional and real) can experience the same thing through the magic of cinema.
“Babylon” also stars Li Jun Li, Jovan Adepo, and Tobey Maguire. The film will hit theaters on December 23, 2022.