Ge­orge Clooney de­picts Amer­i­can dream as night­mare in ‘Subur­bicon’

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - Associated Press By Jill Law­less

VENICE, Italy — Af­fa­ble, hand­some Ge­orge Clooney was all charm at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, but don’t be fooled.

The ac­tor says his lat­est di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, “Subur­bicon,” is an an­gry movie for an an­gry coun­try — his own. It’s a twisted tale of dark­ness at the heart of the Amer­i­can dream.

“A lot of us are an­gry — an­gry at our­selves, an­gry at the way that the coun­try is go­ing, an­gry at the way the world is go­ing,” Clooney told re­porters Satur­day in Venice, Italy, where “Subur­bicon” is com­pet­ing for the fes­ti­val’s Golden Lion prize.

Clooney was joined by his wife, hu­man rights lawyer Amal Clooney, on the Venice red carpet Satur­day.

The cou­ple are par­ents of twins, born in June, and have an Ital­ian home nearby on Lake Como.

At a news con­fer­ence ear­lier in the day, Clooney said the U.S. now is “prob­a­bly the an­gri­est I have ever seen the coun­try, and I lived through the Water­gate pe­riod of time.”

“There is a dark cloud hang­ing over our coun­try right now,” he said.

Amer­ica’s di­vi­sions give an un­nerv­ing time­li­ness to “Subur­bicon.” The satir­i­cal film noir stars Matt Da­mon and Ju­lianne Moore as res­i­dents of a seem­ingly idyl­lic — and all- white — 1950s sub­ur­ban com­mu­nity that erupts in anger when a black fam­ily moves in.

It fuses a script by the Coen broth­ers with a nar­ra­tive about racial di­vi­sions in­spired — in a neg­a­tive way — by Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

“I was watch­ing a lot of speeches on the cam­paign trail about build­ing fences and scape­goat- ing mi­nori­ties,” Clooney said.

That set Clooney and writ­ing-pro­duc­ing part­ner Grant Heslov t o think­ing about other points in United States his­tory when forces of di­vi­sion were in the as­cen­dant. They re­mem­bered 1957 events in Le­vit­town, Penn­syl­va­nia, a model sub­ur­ban com­mu­nity where white res­i­dents ri­oted at the ar­rival of a black fam­ily.

They fused that idea to an un­pro­duced script by Joel and Ethan Coen about a sim­i­lar white- picket-fence com­mu­nity where a crime goes hor­ri­bly wrong in far­ci­cally bloody ways. The images of white rage in the movie feel un­nerv­ingly con­tem­po­rary, re­call­ing last month’s ral­lies in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia.

“Un­for­tu­nately, these are is­sues that are never out of vogue in our coun­try,” Clooney said ahead of the film’s red carpet pre­miere. “We are still try­ing to ex­or­cise these prob­lems. We’ve still got a lot of work to do from our orig­i­nal sin of slav­ery and racism.”

Domenico Stinel­lis / The Associated Press

Ge­orge Clooney signs au­to­graphs upon his ar­rival at the pre­miere of the film “Subur­bicon” dur­ing the 74th edition of the Venice Film Fes­ti­val in Venice, Italy.

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