AFI Movie Club: LA LA LAND – American Film Institute


AFI Movie Club: LA LA LAND

LA LA LAND was music to audiences’ ears in 2016 – dancing onto AFI’s list of the most outstanding films of the year with an AFI AWARD.

Watch Dave Bautista announce the film:

Movie Trivia about LA LA LAND

-DID YOU KNOW Ryan Gosling turned down the role of the Beast in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to play Sebastian in LA LA LAND?

-DID YOU KNOW a highway interchange in Los Angeles was shut down to film the opening musical number of the movie?

-DID YOU KNOW that choreographer Mandy Moore had to hide under a car during part of the opening musical number to give instructions to the performers?

-DID YOU KNOW the scene where Mia is interrupted while giving a very emotional audition is based on a true story that happened to Ryan Gosling?

-DID YOU KNOW Ryan Gosling learned how to play jazz piano for the movie, practicing two hours a day, six days a week for three months?

-DID YOU KNOW for the six-minute single-shot dance number in the Hollywood hills, production filmed only during “magic hour” (the time just before sunset)? It took two days and eight takes to get it just right.

-DID YOU KNOW that Damien Chazelle became the youngest director to win an Academy Award® when he won for LA LA LAND?

Learn more at the AFI Catalog.


The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-Do Mia and Sebastian get everything they ever dreamed of? 

-How does the music throughout connect with what is happening in Mia and Sebastian’s relationship? 

-How does LA LA LAND compare or contrast to other movie musicals you may have seen? How do movie musicals compare or contrast to stage musicals? 

-Do movie musicals require a different suspension of disbelief than other genres? 

-Does LA LA LAND give you a different perspective about Los Angeles? 

-Does the film change your perspective on jazz music? 

-How would you rate LA LA LAND? 


In this exclusive AFI Archive video, director Damien Chazelle talks about Ryan Gosling learning to play piano for LA LA LAND:

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