SONG TO SONG
2017, Broad Green Pictures, 145 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

The Austin, Texas, music scene is the setting for acclaimed writer-director Terrence Malick’s drama of intersecting love triangles. Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender lead the star-studded ensemble cast, while a “who’s who” of alternative music artists (including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Arcade Fire) appear in cameos. Frequent Malick collaborators Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematography), Jack Fisk (production design) and Jacqueline West (costumes) give this exploration of obsession and betrayal a rich visual component.


BROKEN BLOSSOMS
1919, 90 min, USA, Dir: D.W. Griffith

Director D.W. Griffith’s big-budget follow-up to INTOLERANCE was this tale of a Chinese immigrant’s (Richard Barthelmess) love for an abused young girl (Lillian Gish).


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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