Los Angeles Plays Itself [Blu-ray] [English] [2003]

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Overview

Special Features

  • The Tony Longo Trilogy (2014, 14 minutes) a short film by Thom Andersen
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Collectible booklet featuring essays by Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles and Thom Andersen

Synopsis

Los Angeles Plays Itself
CalArts professor Thom Andersen directs the digital video essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, titled after a gay porn classic by Fred Halsted (L.A. Plays Itself). Using clips from well-known mainstream movies to lesser-known obscurities, Andersen explores the myths and realities of the city as produced by Hollywood and as viewed by contemporary philosophy. He divides the film into three segments: "The City as Background," "The City as Character," and "The City as Subject." In addition to the pre-manufactured images, he also provides footage of the actual landscape, showcasing structures like Union Station and LAX. His commentary touches on various political and social views of the city, often voiced through criticism or praise of other filmmakers and their work. Encke King delivers the narration. Los Angeles Plays Itself was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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