Noah Baumbach read again Background noise, by Don DeLillo, in the early days of the pandemic. The 1985 novel a satire about a middle-class family in an American suburbIt didn’t feel like a period piece. It felt relevant and familiar.
So Baumbach, famous for directing original films like a brooklyn story and story of a marriage began work on its first adaptation.
Background noise opened the Venice International Film Festival on Wednesday night, is part of the official selection in competition.
The movie is starring Adam Driver as Jack Gladney, a university professor specializing in the study of Adolf Hitler. Jack lives with his wife, Babette (Greta Gerwig), their children, and his stepchildren, Heinrich (Sam Nivola), Denise (Raffey Cassidy), and Steffie (May Nivola).
As in the book, the film is divided into three sections: Waves and radiation, Toxic release into the atmosphere Y Dylaramaand shows how the family faces various dangers and threats at macro and micro levels.
“The film is about life and death and how we have to recognize that they are the same, instead of existing as two separate things.”, Baumbach said in Venice on Wednesday. “The movie is about how we create those rituals and strategies and how we resist danger and death… and sometimes that comes to us and we don’t know how to react.”
Driver, Gerwig and their co-stars Jodie Turner-Smith and Don Cheadle, who play Jack’s college buddies, joined Baumbach to introduce the film before its world premiere.
Gerwig, who has a son with Baumbach and has starred in and co-written several movies with him, said she started rereading the book when he did.
“It makes you want, while you’re reading it, to stand up and say ‘listen to this’. It has a theatrical quality. It seemed to be emotionally and intellectually exciting“, said.
His long essays, he added, helped make the characters become real, less abstract people.
Driver, who meets with Baumbach after story of a marriage, said he liked playing a character who was “so stressed” but “trying not to be stressed”.
Jack’s character also required some physical transformations, including a wig, to simulate his receding hairline and put on some weight. “I’m quite pleased with where things have progressed”, Driver said about seeing himself on screen as Jack. “We had a backup stomach. We don’t need the backup stomach.”
Some have pointed out to Baumbach that the film is a departure from him, in terms of style and tone. The filmmaker said the footage had never required it before, but the DeLillo footage did. The setting of the novel in the 1980s inspired the design, feel, and sound of the film, which was shot in 35-millimeter anamorphic format in Ohio.
The music was composed by Danny Elfman, whom Baumbach invited to review some of his soundtracks from the time he had left behind as MidnightRunto give it shape.
Background noise also includes LCD Soundsystem’s first new song in five years, New Body Rhumba. Baumbach said he instructed the band’s lead singer, James Murphy, “to write a very catchy song about death,” as if he were writing a song in the ’80s. He wanted something that was danceable in the supermarket.
“The story is the story of American culture and being surrounded by American culture,” Baumbach said.
the next stop of Background noise is the New York Film Festival, where it will also be the opening film. Netflix will release it in theaters on November 25, before it hits the streaming service on December 30.
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