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Film A Level Study Day: La La Land

La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle
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16th January 20
10:30am — 3:00pm

Recommended for A Level and equivalent level Film Studies
This study day will use La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash, as its key text. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this is a musical about everyday life which explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. La La Land is an homage to classic Hollywood musicals as well as a contemporary take on the genre. We will explore aspects of film form and narrative during the course of the day. We will also consider how the film comments upon and plays with generic expectations.
Led by Dr Kirsty Fairclough who is the Associate Dean: Research and Innovation at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford.
Screening: La La Land (12A)
Dir Damien Chazelle/USA 2016
129mins
Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone/Amiée Conn
Damien Chazelle’s award winning film has all the right moves: a love of jazz, a love of classic Hollywood musicals and a love of life. An ambitious jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) fall in...

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