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Los Angeles Plays Itself

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Genre  Documentary, History
Duration  
Running time  2h 49m
Producer  Thom Andersen
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Writer  Thom Andersen (text)
Director  Thom Andersen
Screenplay  Thom Andersen
Los Angeles Plays Itself movie poster
Cast  Encke King
Initial release  July 28, 2004 (New York City)
Similar movies  A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

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Los Angeles Plays Itself is a video essay by Thom Andersen, finished in 2003, exploring the way Los Angeles has been presented in movies. Consisting almost entirely of clips from other films with narration, the film was not initially released commercially. The film was only seen in screenings presented by Andersen, occasional presentations at American Cinematheque and copies distributed via filesharing and other person-to-person methods. In 2014, it was announced that the film would finally be released officially by Cinema Guild.

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Andersen stated that the film idea occurred to him after a lecture he gave at the California Institute of the Arts, where he talked about his objections to L.A. Confidential, the 1997 Curtis Hanson film adapted from James Ellroy's novel.

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In the film, Andersen argues that the influence of Hollywood overshadows Los Angeles and one of the reasons the city is frequently abbreviated. He makes the case that directors have a distate for modernist architecture, which is regularly used for villain's homes.

Similar Movies

A Decade Under the Influence (2003). The Slanted Screen (2006). A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995). Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005). This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006).

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