In "Nightmare Alley" by Guillermo del Toro, an exhibition featuring dark and wonderful characters

In “Nightmare Alley” by Guillermo del Toro, an exhibition featuring dark and wonderful characters

Cinema – After four years of greatness water shape For the fourth Academy Awards, Guillermo Del Toro returns with a mystical thrill that immerses us in mobile theme park tents from the 1930s where “monsters and wonders” take place in amazing places. And the script is a little slow but well nightmare alley, at the cinema on January 19, the character exhibition is particularly delightful.

Adapted from a novel by William Lindsey Grisham (published under the title quack Set in France in 1948), the feature film tells of the rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper). Trained by clairvoyant Xena (Tony Collette) in mindset techniques, a former tramp plots to defraud the elite of wealthy New York society. But Carlisle, obsessed with his thirst for fortune, joins forces with a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is more dangerous than him.

Stanton Carlisle, mental scientist

Stanton Carlisle is Bradley Cooper, which is almost every take from the 2:30 movie. A tramp flees from a past as painful as it is a secret and becomes a member of a band of misfits. Stanton Carlisle gradually gains the trust of others through the use of dishonesty and ends up setting up his own mental business. Then he realizes that he can make a living by using his number to provide false comfort to the grieving rich.

Halfway through the film, Stanton Carlisle thus leaves the raw and dusty world of the gallery to slip with the ease of a chameleon into the sophistication and refinement of New York’s hotels and performance halls. This is where he performs and meets his future victims.

“Bradley brings something incredibly poignant to Stanton. He has all the goodness, physical beauty, and grace that goes into understanding what Carlisle could become. But at the same time, he had the talent to create a devastatingly dark character,” said director Guillermo Del Toro in The film’s production notes about the lead actor who will almost certainly compete for an Academy Award.

trailer nightmare alley It can be seen below:

Molly Cahill, “The Electric Woman”

If the character Bradley Cooper embodies is undoubtedly central to this feature film, he is surrounded by three very powerful female characters. It begins with Molly Cahill, the artist of the band who performs under the stage name Electra, The Electric Woman.

Her overprotection by the band’s patriarchs who view very bleakly her affinity for Stanton, the young woman played by Rooney Mara (Millennium, hey) takes his independence to follow the mentality in New York. And everything tries to keep it straight and tight. Innocent yet powerful, she also plays one of the crucial roles in Stanton’s Biggest Illusion…

Crumben zina, cartomansian

This is the actress Toni Collette who recently appeared in the series unbelievable, who plays Zina, a Tarot expert and head of a large number of talents. Together with her husband Pete, who was a brilliant former partner but is now an alcoholic, they become Stan’s mentors. They give him (almost) all of their stuff but also warn him of the dangers of delusion.

“Stan comes into her life and uses it to get close to Pete and find out his number. Then he abandons her for Molly,” describes producer J. Miles Dell. “Tony’s character is really pathetic and she plays it beautifully. She is strong and sexy, but also influential, like someone who always yearns for something bigger.”

Clem Howatley, ring manager

“One minute Clem smiles, and the next he sticks a razor down your throat.” Clem Howatley is the band’s manager, brilliantly played by Willem Dafoe. Although menacing as far as protecting his artists, he is the first to take the drifting Stanton under his wing at the beginning of the film.

“Everyone is there to fool everyone, but at the same time, they know they need each other, and they protect each other,” Guillermo Del Toro said of his show’s men of color.

The show’s director, Clem Howatley is also a master of the dark allure of “geek”. Under this marquee, a man posing as an animal sleeps in a cage and chops off the heads of live animals with his teeth to frighten visitors.

Dr.. Lilith Ritter, murderous psychoanalyst

Last but not leastDr. Lilith Ritter is arguably the most chilling woman killer in history. A Freudian psychoanalyst from upstate New York, the impeccable Cate Blanchett heroine is responsible in a posh office all in polished wood and in haute couture.

Tortured but smarter than Stanton, Lilith Ritter undoubtedly applies herself to her desire to understand everything about the psychology of Bradley Cooper’s character. To be able to destroy them better.

“Lilith also has a dark past. She has her own thirst for revenge and shows that she is very smart. Watching Kate and Bradley working together was like watching a giant battle, a duel between equally adept manipulators,” says producer J. Miles Dell.

In the United States, where the film has already been shown, critics are largely convinced. Prestigious magazine diverseHe describes “a fascinating and fantastically sinister moral tale about the harsh predictability of human nature and how entire systems are designed to exploit it.” While some specialists consider it “the best performance in Bradley Cooper’s career”. nightmare alley By Guillermo del Toro, in cinemas on Wednesday, January 19.

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