Magazine article Variety

Stone, Chazelle Champion 'Old-Fashioned' Musicals

Magazine article Variety

Stone, Chazelle Champion 'Old-Fashioned' Musicals

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AT THE VENICE Film Festival Wednesday, "La La Land" star Emma Stone and director Damien Chazelle talked about Ryan Gosling, delivering a modern take on old-fashioned musicals, chasing dreams and letting go of cynicism. The film, which opened the festival, received warm applause at its first press screening.

"It's wonderful to work with somebody you know, trust and respect so much. He's my buddy," Stone said about the film's co-star Gosling. "I knew he could sing and dance. Once you've learned to ballroom dance with someone, you've learned everything you need to know."

An homage to Los Angeles as a city of dreams and the Hollywood musicals of the Golden Age, "La La Land" stars Gosling as a jazz pianist who dreams of opening his own club, and Stone as a barista on the Warner Bros. lot who wants to be an actress.

"The whole idea of the movie was to link the magic of an old-fashioned musical but make it about real life today ... in real life when things don't always work out," Chazelle said.

In that, "La La Land" was closer to some French New Wave musicals that did channel real life than classic Hollywood musicals, he added. …

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