Academy award winners Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz talk about La La Land, a film that pays homage to Hollywood musicals and French filmmaker Jacques Demy.
Chazelle and Hurwitz were room mates at Harvard Univeristy and they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dream of making films. While at Harvard they worked together on Chazelle’s first film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. They next worked on Whiplash and then La La Land. Chazelle is a trained musician and was deeply involved in the creation of the music for La La Land points out Hurwitz.
La La Land stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons, John Legend and others.
LISTEN: OSCAR WINNER DAMIEN CHAZELLE & JUSTIN HURWITZ ON “LA LA LAND”
La La Land had 14 Oscar nominations and won 6 Oscars. Chazelle won an Oscar for best director, while Justin Hurwitz won 2 Oscars for score and original music. Emma Stone won the best actress award. La La Land won an Oscar for production design and cinematography.
This interview was recorded in San Francisco and aired on TV in the USA.
We got an opportunity to speak with Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz about the making of La La Land, its music, the influence of Hollywood musicals, Jacques Demy and their first day in Los Angeles. Are there any autobiographical elements in this film? Tune in to find out.
Chazelle wrote and directed the film and Hurwitz composed the music. They have worked together since their student days at Harvard University. Their last collaboration Whiplash for which JK Simmons won an Oscar for best supporting actor.
La La Land stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons and John Legend.
This interview was originally aired on TV in the US.
Damien Chazelle’s beautifully crafted film La La Land hits theatres in December 2016. I saw the film a couple of months ago and instantly fell in love with it. The film pays homage to dreamers, Los Angeles, Hollywood musicals and to French filmmaker Jacques Demy.
We have an interview coming up with Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz, who composed the music for La La Land.