Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from Damien Chazelle's "La La Land.”
Photo courtesy of the Venice film festival
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A bewitching musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone whipped up a frenzy on the opening day of the Venice Film Festival Wednesday, kicking off the race for the Golden Lion. A tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" reunites the stars, who appeared together in the 2011 romcom "Crazy, Stupid, Love". Members of the press cheered loudly as Chazelle and Stone emerged from the world premiere screening of this joyful, quirky film. The tale of a struggling jazz pianist and his actress girlfriend in Los Angeles is one of 20 films in competition at the 73rd edition of the world's oldest film festival.Gosling is Sebastian, a jazz pianist with a mission to save the form, who struggles to pay his bills.The pair meet – in one of LA's famous traffic jams and then at a bawdy celebrity party – before wooing each other in tap- and ballroom-dancing sequences reminiscent of American icons Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
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