Before La La Land
Hollywood
Typography

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The golden age of the Hollywood musical is generally agreed to have ended in the mid-Sixties, as the industry abandoned glitzy escapism for the guts and grit of the American new wave.
The golden age of the Hollywood musical is generally agreed to have ended in the mid-Sixties, as the industry abandoned glitzy escapism for the guts and grit of the American new wave.
Yet ever since filmmakers have felt the call of the genre, drawn as if by cooing sirens.
 
The latest to be seduced is 31 year-old wunderkind Damien Chazelle, whose heel-clicking romp La La Land opens this week amid swooning reviews and a glitter-bomb of awards nominations (it has just swept the Golden Globes and is up for a bevy of Baftas).
 
But far from heralding the rebirth of film’s ritziest genre, La La Land’s victory procession mark it as an outlier. There have, it is true, been successful musicals in recent decades.
 
However, these were in almost every instance adaptations of already familiar properties such as Les Miserables and Chicago.