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La La Land video compares film to its classic cinematic inspirations

Joey Nolfi@joeynolfi

La La Land is riding high this week after the film scored a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, and a new video is diving into the cinematic predecessors that inspired Damien Chazelle’s hit movie musical.



Edited by Sara Preciado, the clip compares La La Land‘s visuals to those found in various films released over the years, including obvious genre brethren like 1978’s Grease, 1969’s Sweet Charity, 1961’s West Side Story, 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, and the 2001 song-and-dance extravaganza Moulin Rouge!

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While the clip highlights La La Land‘s Academy Award-nominated production, costume design, and cinematography as tributaries to classic productions of yesteryear, it also makes the case for unexpected comparisons, especially to Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 porn industry drama Boogie Nights — particularly in a segment which splices together footage from both films’ iconic swimming pool scenes.

American films aren’t the only ones covered in the video; Preciado also juxtaposes images from international titles as well, including Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956) and Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Chazelle, who directed the Oscar-winning feature Whiplash in 2014, previously told EW La La Land was inspired by everything from Los Angeles traffic and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to short stories from Ry Cooder and paintings by artists like David Hockney and Henri Matisse.

“I absolutely adore Demy,” Chazelle said, referencing taking inspiration from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. “and [the film’s] poster really gave me the liftoff I needed to get through a pretty ambitious shooting schedule.”

http://ew.com/movies/2017/01/26/la-la-land-video-movie-comparisons/?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

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