La La Land inspired by Umbrellas of Cherbourgh

The Golden Globe's big winner La La Land broke the record for the most Golden Globes ever won by a single film with seven wins. Stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling won in the Best Performance categories for a comedy or musical, and the film won Best Motion Picture in the comedy or musical category.

La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

Director Damien Chazelle revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he used the 1964, Palme D'or winning, French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg as inspiration for his film. Jacques Demy's romantic tragedy is about a young girl, working in her mother's umbrella shop, who falls in love with a young auto mechanic. 

 Every line of dialogue is sung in the rhythm of ordinary speech, which Demy described as 'film in song'. Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which itself is an homage to 1950s Hollywood musicals, was a major influence on La La Land.

"It was the combination of fantasy and realism that got me. No movie has ever hit me more," director Damien Chazelle told The Hollywood Reporter. "I remember seeing it for the first time as a kid and going from annoyed  'Are they really going to do this much singing?'  to utterly overwhelmed by the end. It was the combination of fantasy and realism that got me."