Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Critic Consensus: A treat for cinephiles, this documentary is a comprehensive, academic, and enlightening film essay concerning Los Angeles and its depiction in the movies.
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A definitive statement about how the movies have distorted our perceptions of this city's architectural, cultural and historical identity ..
Blends a complex kaleidoscopic portrait of the city and a powerful work of film criticism with Andersen's personal story of living in Los Angeles.
Andersen's inspired ruminations about his city as a filming location and as a repository for other filmmakers' daydreams and nightmares.
One of the great films of the century to date, poignant and affecting.
CalArts professor Thom Andersen poured a lifetime of moviegoing (and his own complex affection for the city he calls home) into this revelatory two-part documentary, a film that trains you to look at things askew.
Audience Reviews for Los Angeles Plays Itself
The first part of this documentary is interesting and fun, but skip the second half as it's bog down into the director's take on what he thinks other directors have interpreted LA to be.
A love letter to the city of LA and the films that revolve around it. Director Thom Andersen brings a lot of knowledge and insight into how the reputation and image of LA has been translated on screen. It's probably only interesting for cinephiles, or maybe fans of Los Angeles, but for me this really worked.
highly entertaining and full of fascinating information about films set in and around los angeles, it's a documentary made entirely from clips of other films (roughly 200 of them)! of course, this caused some licensing issues and so it's never been properly released, only playing festivals here and there, but guess what? it's on youtube in 12 parts, starting here: http://youtu.be/7SNc41zyLJ0
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