THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
1982, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Colin Higgins

Among the most successful live-action musicals of the 1980s, this delightful adaptation of the Broadway smash pairs Dolly Parton as the local madam of Gilbert, Texas, and Burt Reynolds as the town sheriff, whose harmonious relationship is threatened by the arrival of scandal-mongering TV reporter Dom DeLuise. As the indecisive governor who holds the fate of the Chicken Ranch brothel in his hands, Charles Durning earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.


APRIL LOVE
1957, 20th Century Fox, 97 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin

After a minor run-in with the law in Chicago, Nick Conover (Pat Boone) is sent to live with his aunt and uncle on their horse farm in Kentucky. There he shows a surprising talent for harness racing and catches the eye of the girl next door (Shirley Jones). This squeaky-clean box office hit remains a favorite of Boone, who sings the Oscar-nominated, chart-topping title song.


LA LA LAND
2016, Lionsgate, 128 min, USA, Dir: Damien Chazelle

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. “Every once in a while, you come out of a movie theater feeling like you’re walking on air. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it restores your faith in the power of cinema. Damien Chazelle’s dreamy neo-retro musical LA LA LAND is one of those rare films.” - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


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