10 Wondrous Musicals You Should See Before Dancing into ‘La La Land’ – Collider.com

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For longtime fans of director Damien Chazelle, the tremendously talented young filmmaker behind Whiplash and this week’s La La Land, there is a special nod to the director’s career up to this point in his new Oscar-bound musical. As Emma Stone’s wild dreamer wanders around the Warner Bros. lot, where her character works, two lot workers push a big marquee banner for a movie called Guy & Madeline, which looks like a It Happened One Night-type romantic comedy. It’s actually a reference to Chazelle’s wondrous musical debut, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, which may still be his best film and is, in its way, a conflation of classical musical comedies with more modern, jazzy influences like John CassavettesShadows.

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Where so many can hardly look past the musical eras of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, the musical genre…

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