New blockbuster Babylon provides an outrageous tribute to 1920s Hollywood, showcasing how the movie industry evolved to what it is today.
Actor Jean Smart plays Elinor St. John, a columnist based on early twentieth-century British novelist Elinor Glyn, who coined the term "it girl" and paved ways as a screenwriter in budding Hollywood. Smart values her character's drive, and particularly her relationship to movies.
'Babylon' Star Jean Smart
"She's just as caught up in this magical thing called movies as anybody," Smart tells Tracy E. Gilchrist of Advocate Today. "She talks about angels, ghosts, and being immortal on film where ... somebody who wasn't even yet will come across you in fifty years and feel like they know you. And that is what is so fascinating about movies."
She adds: "You're looking into the past when you're watching a movie. You're catching that moment that will never happen again."
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