Explaining the References, Homages, and Inspirations in La La Land

In his 2016 film, La La Land, Damien Chazelle managed to tell an exciting original story while referencing and borrowing from the Golden Age musicals of the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. In this video essay, The Jaunty Professor contextualizes La La Land, illustrating some of the Golden Age musicals and stylistic techniques Chazelle pays homage to in his film.


Contemporary Musicals


Romantic Drama


Damien Chazelle


La La Land