Ceiling or no ceiling

Even an abbreviated tour of the history of cinema has to include the tour the force that was Citizen Kane (as well as the accompanying book-length critique by the fabulous Pauline Kael). And to truly comprehend the huge leap that was this 1941 film we looked at The Gay Divorcee, 1934, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (and Cole Porter) American musical film classic.

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And now we have La La Land–we saw it in December and came out of the theater pirouetting in the street. It is still playing at BAM and here is an interview with director Damien Chazelle:

http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2017/01/05/508374665/fresh-air-for-january-5-2017

 

 

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  1. “L.A., even more so than any other American city, obscures, sometimes neglects, its own history,” he said. “But that can also be its own magical thing, because it’s a city that reveals itself bit by bit, like an onion, if you take the time to explore it.” This review also talks about how Mr. Chazelle use a more natural cinematography to find some moments make real life fake as possible L.A. Transcendental:
    ” How ‘La La Land’Chases the Sublime”

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