Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.Written by
This is the Chateau Marmont on Sunset boulevard in Los Angeles. All of the exteriors and interiors of Mia's new apartment were shot there. Built in 1929, the Marmont has been a well known celebrity gathering place through the years with guests including; Rita Hayworth, Howard Hughes, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Most of the early casting sessions for the film Rebel Without a Cause were held in a bungalow there where director Nicholas Ray was living at the time. See more »
In the first scene, the dancing performance is not continuous based on the shadow pattern. When the back door of the truck is opened and the music band starts playing, people dance behind the truck. Then the camera turns 180 degrees. From here, the sun's shadow pattern is changed which shows that the sun has moved in the sky and the scene is not continuous. See more »
Do I like musicals? Not really... but damn, 'La La Land' is a nostalgic, colourful, joyful marvel!
Damien Chazelle gained international acclaim and recognition from his masterful drama 'Whiplash', what were the chances that he could pull off similar success two times in the row? Well, if 'La La Land' is anything to go by, then I'd say he did the job. With just three films under his belt as of 2016, Chazelle is slowly becoming the next big thing this movie industry has seen. His passion for classic movies and musicals is evident as he references and pulls influence from films like 'Singin' in the Rain', 'The Umbrellas of Cherborg' and even 'Rebel Without a Cause', the latter of which is one of my favourite films so seeing the nod to it was something I was pleased about.
The chemistry between Gosling and Stone is strong to say the least, after two previous collaborations, their already-strong bond helped them become one of modern-day cinema's finest couples. The music is bouncy and toe-tapping catchy, the cinematography is utterly stunning with gorgeous colours and impressive long takes, and the locations sum up the American dream and the passion the characters hold for Los Angeles. 'La La Land' is by far one of the finest cinema experiences I have had in the past 5-10 years, and although this isn't a film I would typically enjoy (genre-wise), Chazelle has instead crafted one of my favourite films of this decade. A film I would recommend everyone see in the cinema to truly witness the CinemaScope magic.
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