It is no surprise that this year’s incredible addition to the musical genre, La La Land drew inspiration from a myriad of other iconic musicals. These include such classics ranging from Singin’ In The Rain to West Side Story, with hints of Grease sprinkled throughout and a whole lot of Fred and Ginger.
Sara Preciado decided to take these various inspirations and edit a side-by-side comparison between certain sequences in the contemporary La La Land with its classic counterparts all set to the instrumental tune of “Another Day Of Sun.” The result will make you want to spend an entire day sitting in front of your couch rocking a movie musical marathon.
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How Often Are Certain References Made?
- Singin’ In The Rain (1952) is, of course, one of the main inspirations/draws for La La Land because of those vibrant, beautiful colors and the fantastic chemistry between Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. The “Lovely Night” sequence started off with a nod to Kelly’s titular dance and it particularly showcased Ryan Gosling‘s musical chops.
- There are also numerous parallels with West Side Story (1961), particularly during the “Someone In The Crowd” sequence wherein Mia’s (Emma Stone) friends convince her to attend this extravagant party. Plus, the “City Of Stars” sequence where Sebastian (Gosling) is just singing along without a care in a world is just like Tony (Richard Beymer) felt singing about “Maria.”
- Any fan of the musical genre who watched La La Land immediately caught on to the numerous inspired sequences that drew from the masters themselves, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. From the park bench scene in Shall We Dance (1937) to that hint of On The Town (1941) and that glorious Broadway Melody of 1940, we loved those talented men during the Golden Age of Hollywood and we certainly would not mind seeing more of them in the present.
Other References Include:
- An American In Paris (1951)
- The Bandwagon (1953)
- La ballon rouge (1956)
- Funny Face (1957)
- Les parapluies des Cherbourg (1964)
- Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
- Sweet Charity (1969)
- Grease (1978)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
- Moulin Rogue (2001)
Did you catch all the references made on your first watch of ‘La La Land’?
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