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'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle writes about his favorite musicals

'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle writes about his favorite musicals

Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s new film “La La Land” is an unabashed love letter to the movie musical. The film, which opens Dec. 9, stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who sing and dance their way around Los Angeles (including on a freeway).

Music is clearly in Chazelle’s filmmaking blood; his last movie, “Whiplash,” about a talented young drummer and his sadistic teacher, featured jazz as a key component of the storytelling. We asked Chazelle to reflect on his feelings about film musicals — and to pick out some that influenced him the most.

Musicals are about a very simple...

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