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Sights and sounds of ‘La La Land’




Composer Justin Hurwitz (L) and director Damien Chazelle attend the premiere of 'LA LA LAND' at AFI Fest 2016.
Composer Justin Hurwitz (L) and director Damien Chazelle attend the premiere of 'LA LA LAND' at AFI Fest 2016.
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The new movie “La La Land” is a romantic musical, so it lives or dies by the music of composer Justin Hurwitz - and judging by the early critical plaudits, it sings!

Larry speaks with Hurwitz about his close collaboration with director Damien Chazelle.

Plus, the film is generating a lot of buzz for being a modern-day musical, but for Angelenos it's special for having shot at 48 locations across LA County, including shutting down the 105 freeway for a large-scale dance scene in a traffic jam.

The movie shows off historic landmarks such as the Griffith Observatory and Park, Angels Flight downtown, the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, the Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena, the Warner Bros. lot and more.

What was the meaning behind each LA setting? How did the location managers pull off these shoots in a region teeming with people and traffic? Robert Foulkes, the supervising location scout, joins FilmWeek with all the glamorous and not-so-glamorous details.

Guests:

Justin Hurwitz, music composer, “La La Land;” Hurwitz also composed the Oscar-winning film “Whiplash”

Robert Foulkes, "La La Land" supervising location scout