Normally when something is over saturated in the media, the public tends to get sick of it. But La La Land has found a way to dance (pun intended) into everyone’s hearts! Seriously, the movie, cast, and production is just that good. So when we saw that someone cut together La La Land with all the classic films it was inspired by, we couldn’t help but watch the video. This side by side comparison is so freakishly good we can not help but watch it over and over again!
Edited by Sara Preciado, this video dove into the cinematic predecessors that Damien Chazelle was inspired by. The video clip includes some of our favorites such as 1978’s Grease, 1969’s Sweet Charity, 1961’s West Side Story, 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, and the 2001 song-and-dance extravaganza Moulin Rouge.
The clip’s focus was to not only highlight La La Land‘s Academy Award-nominated production, but also its costume design, and cinematography. After all, it was Chazelle’s sole purpose to create a film that brought viewers back to the time of Old Hollywood pomp and circumstance. But American films were not the only inspiration for this film. Chazelle was also inspired by international titles such as Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956) and Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
During an interview with EW, Chazelle said he was inspired by the smallest things like Los Angeles traffic to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to short stories from Ry Cooder as well as famous paintings by artists like David Hockney and Henri Matisse.
Although we could totally see the inspirations that brought about La La Land, we appreciate that Sara Preciado created a side-by-side comparison of the films that inspired this mega-hit. Chazelle did an amazing job at bringing out the Old Hollywood whimsy in this film and we can’t stop dancing around like we are starring in our own musical!