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Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny, James Mangold reveals his sources of inspiration

Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny, James Mangold reveals his sources of inspiration

Director James Mangold has revealed what were the sources of inspiration for filming Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny and for creating the character of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny, James Mangold reveals his sources of inspiration

James Mangolddirector of the film, has revealed that he was inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark to turn Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny.
The fifth adventure of the iconic character will mark Harrison Ford’s definitive farewell to the saga.

The director’s reference points

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Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny: Phoebe Waller-Bridge during a scene from the film

Speaking of the sources of inspiration for making Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny, James Mangold recalled: “When we talk about the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark and, in general, Steven Spielberg’s work that has always really influenced me, it must be understood that Steven himself was inspired and influenced by the classics, from the of cinema, with a Hollywood style. So we’re talking about a set of influences“.

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The female protagonist

The director, answering the questions of The Wrapthen talked about Helena, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and which actresses have represented a point of reference: “I had in mind the character played by Barbara Stanwyck in the film Lady Eva, directed by Preston Surges. We see that Phoebe’s character is kind of like a cheater and I came up with this idea of ​​a scamming archaeologist who is of the new generation and is more fixated on success, fame, or money than finding objects of great importance and take them to safety or to a museum“. Mangold pointed out: “That seemed a wonderful contrast to Indy, particularly to Indy as an elderly man, marked by his idealism about his work as an archaeologist. But he also produced a kind of model and a way to try writing and directing Phoebe, in terms of how she moves fast and takes turns.“.
The director talked extensively with Phoebe to outline the character and how we see her initially as a girl next door who wants to meet her godfather and then as a totally different human being, sophisticated and a bit rude and cynical , having its own goals: “I think Phoebe was enchanted to be able to make these turns“.

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