Los Angeles Plays Itself screening

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Los Angeles Plays Itself screening

Essential viewing for any Angeleno—whether native or new to the city—the now-legendary 2003 essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself is a nearly three-hour ode to the city of Angels. The work is one big supercut, comprised entirely of 200+ clips featuring Los Angeles from an exhaustive list of films, from Rebel Without a Cause to The Big Lebowski to The Karate Kid III. CalArts professor and director Thom Andersen manages to tie them all together with overarching themes and offers a thought-provoking and critical look at how movies typically portray Los Angeles—he resents the abbreviation “L.A.”—as a backdrop, character and subject.

By: Gillian Glover

Event phone: 323-655-2510
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