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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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.
Using well-chosen clips from roughly 200 films, many of them obscure, Andersen makes a powerful and impassioned case for reassessing his beloved city.
It's like being squired through town by a wisecracking cabbie with a PhD in semiotics.
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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
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorange]"Los Angeles Plays Itself" was a great documentary that was released last year. It was on the surface an examination of how the city of Los Angeles has been portrayed in films over the years. But it's also a lesson in history, politics, geography and architecture.[/color][/font]
[color=#ff8c00]The reason I'm bringing up this film now is that the filmmaker was wondering why Los Angeles' Union Station has been the scene of so many kidnappings in movies, most notably in Nick of Time(1995). (I was in Union Station in September and I didn't notice any sort of nefarious activity going on.) Which brings me to...[/color][color=#ff8c00]Sunday night's season premiere of "24" which did also feature a kidnapping at Union Station.(And don't even get me started on the detour through Three Days of the Condor which led up to that...)[/color]
[color=#ff8c00](I won't try to bring up television in this journal unless it has some connection to movies.) [/color]
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.
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