Director T West says, “Pearl was reimagined as a Disney horror movie.”

from the moment The first trailer for Pearl reached the end T West Elegant A24 horror movie XIt was clear that the movie was a satire of a wide section of Hollywood history. The comic score of Tyler Bates and Tim Williams, the retro title treatments, and even the emphatic and exaggerated performances all conjure up images of hallowed movies, from 1930s classics. wizard of oz And the Gone with the Wind To the fifties of the last century melodramas like Douglas Circus life imitation And the Whatever the sky permits.

But in an interview before PearlUpon his release, he told West Polygon that there was another touchstone that was less immediately obvious PearlHis Visual Style and Story Tone: Classic Disney Movies.

“I felt like Pearl had that kind of silliness that matches the Disney movie, except that it’s darker and crazier,” West says. “That became an interesting starting point.”

All three films in X triple – Xprequel Pearland the newly announced sequel Maxine A Hollywood classic. X Set in the ’70s, it visually draws and narrates the Texas Chain Saw Massacre and her followers. MaxineWest revealed after PearlFilm premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it will be in the eighties and inspired by the VHS boom in the eighties, such as Grainy shape and trace lines on the first teaser trailer Suggest.

PearlBy contrast, it aims to evoke the early Disney era and the era of classical musicals, although not musical per se. But West says he and his team didn’t look for any particular movie or era for visual inspiration, the way they did X.

“It’s more general,” he says. “Maybe there were some specific movies you watched with Eliot Rockett, DP, or Tom [Hammock], the production designer, who was more technical. As if we looked at him [the 1948 British ballet drama] red shoes To get a certain amount of red saturation. But we haven’t really seen them as movies [to copy]. “

West says the trilogy as a whole is designed around “highlighting the craft of filmmaking,” which influences both the story — these films’ protagonists are obsessed with becoming movie stars, and the fame that comes with stardom — and the way West frames, designs and shoots the action.

X He was really aware of the love of cinema and people were influenced by cinema. “In the case of this film, it was about the era of exploitation, the era of the independent Americana writers. Pearl It has nothing to do with it. Pearl’s emotional state is about amazement, hope, and ambition. It should be completely different from an aesthetic point of view X, because it wasn’t a gritty movie in the ’70s. It’s happening 60 years ago.”

West says Disney’s style of film is not meant to reflect Pearl’s mental state so much as her fantasies about the life she thinks she would live if she made it to Hollywood — a hope that leads her to the same kinds of atrocities. Of the murder and mayhem seen in X.

“My view is that the style of the film, and the aesthetic of the film, is not the experience you’re going through,” he says. “It’s not where you want it to be. The world [of the movie’s stylistic parody] It is what you think feels like where you want to be. So it’s a bit ironic, because of the contrast between this amazing world and the miserable life you lead. […] It just became about making sure we had plenty of base colors. It has become a very special process to get the look right. It was fun. It was really fun to pay off X And do it. She’s as rich in beauty as she’s ever been, and it was such a pleasure to do so.”

Pearl It debuts in theaters on September 16th.

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