Robert Pattinson’s Cosmopolis hits theaters today, October 19th and it is an action-adventure film that has received generally positive reviews. The story follows Nick Frost (Robert Pattinson), an eccentric billionaire who creates a utopian city called Cosmopolis in 2032. The city is designed according to Frost’s dreams and it revolves around a central theme: “What is a city?” Frost wants to shed the restraints imposed by bureaucracy and economic competition in order to create an ideal city where individuals can live in harmony.
The film’s other stars include Michael Caine, Juliette Binoche, David Thewlis and Sophia Boutella. It was directed by Edoardo Albertassi and written by Sebastián Caudevilla. Albertassi has previously directed the films The Mechanic and The White Snake and he also co-wrote the script for The Mechanic.
Early Life Of Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson was born on January 6th, 1986 in London, England. He began his acting career in 2005, when he received a role in the British television series Undercover. His career has continued to rise since then and he has appeared in many television series and films, including the 2006 film Superheroes and the 2008 film Black Swan.
The Making Of Cosmopolis
Albertassi made his directorial debut with the 2014 film The Mechanic. The film was a critical and commercial success and it won the best film award at the European Film Awards 2014. In a review published on Dread Central, Scott Tobias called the film “a tamer Lord of the Rings” and “less ambitious” than Albertassi’s previous work, stating that it was “an intimate portrait of a damaged, obsessive genius” and “an unapologetic celebration of nutsiness.” The film also starred Michael Caine and it is set in a world where technology has evolved to such a point that machines are able to do most of the labor.
Style Of Cosmopolis
Albertassi’s previous films were heavily inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and he has credited the Master of Suspense as a major influence on his work. Hitchcock’s influence is most prominent in Cosmopolis, as the film often imitates the style of the legendary director. The production design for the film was done by French designer Yves Saint Laurent and the costumes were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Costume designer Dominique Monasse was more than inspired by Saint Laurent and Gaultier, stating “they gave us so many wonderful references and ideas… this was really a dream project.”
Style magazine ranked the 70 greatest male fashion designers of all time and Saint Laurent and Gaultier both made the list. Saint Laurent was number 41 on the list and Gaultier was number 61. The two designers are responsible for some of the most memorable fashion moments throughout history and their most famous creations include latex dresses and suits wrapped in a snake skin. For more information on their styles, watch the documentary Louis Vuitton: Tête-à-Tête.
Pattinson’s Own Words
While promoting The Mechanic in an interview with NPR, Pattinson stated that he enjoys “the darker side of cinema.” When asked about his favorite films, Pattinson named two of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent masterpieces: “Blackmail” and “The Lodger.” In 2011, Pattinson named Alfred Hitchcock as one of his six biggest influences along with Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Minghella. The other five directors were chosen because “they all mean a lot to me,” according to the actor.
Pattinson has also said that he enjoys films that are “surreal” and that he is not a fan of happy endings. When asked about his thoughts on the ending of the film Black Swan, Pattinson replied, “it always bothers me. I’m not a big fan of happy endings.” He then named the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind as an example of a story that he enjoys that does not end happily ever after: “It starts out happy but it turns dark. The more you think about it, the more sinister it gets. It’s one of the great tragedies of our time.”
The film’s producers were keen on securing an American distributor for the film, due to its international cast and crew. An early screening of the film in Phoenix, Arizona, was canceled because of poor ticket sales.