Despite how unpleasant the title sounds, which does not seem to mean something positive for its characters, Guillermo del Toro assures that his new film is not what we think. The truth is that we must admit it: the Mexican filmmaker knows how to surprise the audience with his ideas every time he returns to the cinema and his ability to create unique stories does not disappoint. Nightmare Alley will be his next film, of which he already warned in a recent interview with Vanity Fair that it will not be the kind of fantasy and horror story that the public is already accustomed to, perhaps because that is what its name seems to suggest.
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A couple of days ago we were taken by surprise by the first preview of Nightmare alley, which consisted of a group of photographs that allow you to see the cast in the skin of the characters they will play. Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, among other actors are the ones who star in the film and appear in the first official images. Now, we have the first official look in the form of a trailer that gives a clearer idea of what the new Del Toro will look like in this ambitious star-studded project.
It is not the first time that a film with this name has been released, since this is actually the adaptation of a novel called The Alley of Lost Souls, authored by William Lindsay Gresham, released in 1946, which had a 1947 film adaptation that was directed by Edmund Goulding and featured actor Tyrone Power in the title role. It will certainly be very interesting to see what results from having Guillermo del Toro in charge in this new version.
Man or Beast.
NIGHTMARE ALLEY A Film by Guillermo del Toro
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As reported by Vanity Fair, the plot features Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle, a former carnival worker who becomes a big-city star as a nightclub actor, using cold reading tricks he learned from the sideshow to create the impression that he is a powerful mind reader. The people you target as if they were usually millionaires. Cate blanchett plays Dr. Lilith Ritter, a psychiatrist who first tries to expose him as a charlatan and then gets caught up in his schemes.
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Nightmare alley It was in the middle of its production process when news of the pandemic began to be alarming. In March 2020, del Toro and Cooper decided together that it would be better to stop filming rather than risk someone getting sick. However, the six months it took the team before restarting production weren’t wasted, as del Toro edited the portion of the movie that was already shot and realized that some rewrites were needed. As del Toro explains, they took advantage of those six months that the pandemic stopped production to analyze the material they had and see if there was something that needed to be rewritten and then carry it out when the team met again.
Interestingly, when approaching Nightmare Alley, I said that I was not going to do any of the cliches associated with the genre. I’m not going to make an artifact. I’m not going to do the venetian blinds, or the voice-over, or the detectives who walk in felt hats through the wet streets. I wanted to do the universe of the novel, which is a bit brave, but also strangely magical. It has a very strange and mythical mystical charm. I was very attracted to that possibility. This does not have any supernatural elements. It is based entirely on a world of reality. There is nothing fantastic. It’s a very different movie than usual, but yes, the title and my name would create that [impresión].
After being delayed by the pandemic, Searchlight’s film is due to hit the big screen on December 17 if everything continues as it has been.
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