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La La Land Single Film Study: Part 1

Darin Caudle | Wednesday July 04, 2018

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Damien Chazelle, Hollywood Films, La La Land, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Music

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La La Land Single Film Study: Part 2

EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context

And with specific reference to ideas of:

  • Spectatorship
  • Ideology

Section B: American Film since 2005 (two-film study)

Answer on one film from Group 1 and one film from Group 2.

Group 1: Mainstream Film

  • No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007)
  • Inception (Nolan, 2010)
  • Selma (Duvernay, 2013)
  • Carol (Haynes, 2015)
  • La La Land (Chazelle, 2016)

Group 2: Contemporary Independent Film

  • Winter’s Bone (Granik, 2010)
  • Frances Ha! (Baumbach, 2012)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)
  • Boyhood (Linklater, 2015)
  • Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2015)

Contexts

Context of Production

Damien Chazelle had initially conceived of the idea of making a musical that was ‘grounded in real life where things don’t exactly work out’ (Anderson, 2016) while still a student at Harvard University. He and his roommate Justin Hurwitz (who would eventually become the musical composer for La La Land) tested out their ideas in their low budget senior thesis film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, shot on 16mm b/w film stock and featuring a non-professional cast. Combining a gritty French New Wave influenced documentary style with the conventions of a Hollywood musical, the film premiered at the 2009 Tribecca Film Festival and went on to gain significant critical attention when Variance Films theatrically released it later that year....


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