A New Life For Movie Musicals

Movie: 'La La Land'
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

“La La Land,” the delicious film by Damien Chazelle that won an unprecedented seven Golden Globes (including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy) and is the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, is a musical: the soaring, twirling, over-the-top kind that was last fashionable in the 1960s when Jacques Demy sent Catherine Deneuve dancing down sunny boulevards in his masterpiece, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” to Michel Legrand’s jazzy pop score.

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