Making Sense of ‘Babel’

October 25th, 2006 // Leave a Comment

The new film, “Babel,” presented a unique challenge to its director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. From Reuters:

“Babel,” starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, debuts in U.S. theaters on Friday with a global tale of how languages and cultural traditions divide people more than distance or personal ideologies. It expands nationwide in coming weeks. “The most difficult challenge in this film … was to get rid of text and find how to translate these words — and in this case three continents, five languages and four stories, all these diverse elements — into one, single visual language,” said Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

I completely understand Inarritu’s dilemma, since I try to reach as many cultures as possible with my writing. Sometimes, I find that it can be overwhelming and the best way to express a punchline is with a visual.

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Oh snap! You just got mooned.

Many more photos (Matt Dillon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ivanka Trump, Naomi Watts, Moby, and many more) from the premiere of “Babel” after the jump.

Written by Lisa Timmons

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By Miu von Furstenberg

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