La La Land Review
La La Land
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Preparation for the role.
According to composer Justin Hurwitz, all the piano performance featured in the film was first recorded by pianist Randy Kerber during pre-production. Ryan Gosling then spent two hours a day, six days a week in piano lessons learning the music by heart. By the time filming had begun, Gosling was able to play all the piano sequences seen in the film without the use of a hand double or CGI.
Emma Stone performed “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” live.
She would decide when to switch from dialogue to singing. There was no pre-recorded track she was lip-syncing to. Justin Hurwitz, the song’s composer, was in another room playing piano in her ear. Director Damien Chazelle said this was done so Emma could have more control of the scene.
The line in the film…
…said by Sebastian “That’s LA. They worship everything and they value nothing.”, was actually added in by Ryan Gosling himself, when he heard his real life girlfriend, Eva Mendes, mention it as a “joke”.
Hollywood Hills dance sequence.
The crew had a limited time window of 30 minutes within two days to film the dusky purple twilight Hollywood Hills dance sequence. According to Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling managed five takes per day, where after each take, they would go back to the starting point with the assistants wiping their sweat before starting the dance routine again.
Upon its huge historic victory at The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)…
, La La Land (2016) broke the record for the most Golden Globe Awards with seven wins (beating One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978)), as well as the record with the most Golden Globe wins in every category in which it was nominated with seven nominations and seven wins (also besting One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).
Award Acceptance Speech
During the shoot Ryan Gosling’s partner Eva Mendes was looking after their children and her brother, who underwent cancer treatment and died. During his award acceptance speech at The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017), Gosling tearfully acknowledged Mendes for her strength at a time he was occupied with dancing and music practice, and dedicated his award to her brother.
La La Land (2016) has strong ties to Emma Stone’s real-life history.
The movie is based in LA, and Mia is discovered as a college dropout actress pursuing her dreams. Emma Stone is actually a school dropout herself, moving to LA at the age of 15 in pursuit of an acting career.
According to Director
The intention of Damien Chazelle’s was to make a more grounded musical while still paying homage to the classics.
Origins of the title
…. because of two reasons. Firstly the city the film is set in is Los Angeles, or in short form: LA. Hence the city is evident in the title ‘La La Land’ Secondly the film challenges the stereotypical view of Hollywood by labelling it a dream. This is also seen through the abstract cinematography.
RT/Meta Critic Review
A toasty splash of sound and color .