In this exclusive clip from La La Land, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling share their thoughts on the “What Could Have Been” scene that made us feel hopeful but crushed our souls at the same time.
It’s no secret that La La Land took inspiration from classic musicals like Singin’ in the Rain, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and An American in Paris. Both Gosling and Stone celebrate this fact in this clip, and Stone even says, “It’s this homage to those older musicals where you’d see these sensational explorations of love and creativity you don’t really see very often in films anymore.”
The scene they are talking about specifically is when they each fantasize about what could have happened if Mia and Sebastian had stayed together and lived out their lives as husband and wife. These types of scenes are often called “dream ballets” for their dreamy mood and departure from reality. A dream ballet typically has no singing, is all dance and takes place outside of the actual story. These scenes also allow the movie to include a scene with elaborate dancing and camera work that would have felt out of place in the rest of the movie.
The first acknowledged dream ballet was an 18-minute dance number that takes place in the first act of Oklahoma! Other movies that use the device are An American in Paris, The Great Muppet Caper and even The Big Lebowski.
Watch our video to get more details on the dream ballet in La La Land, then watch this one from Singing in the Rain and you’ll notice a few similarities.
You can snag your digital HD copy of La La Land on Tuesday, or you can pick up a 4K, Blu-ray or DVD copy on April 25.