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Published on Nov 19, 2009
A "city symphony in reverse" (J. Hoberman, Village Voice), Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself dismantles not only popular stereotypes about The City of Angels, but also its most famous trademark, Hollywood. Packed with clips from nearly 200 films set in Los Angeles (not L.A., the nickname despised by the film's narrator), Andersen's immersive cine-essay divides and examines the city threefold: as background, character and subject. Drawing us into a fanatical, almost secret urban history Los Angeles Plays Itself is at once a hilarious travelogue and mesmerizing experience.
Director: Thom Andersen. 169 mins. 2003.
"Los Angeles Plays Itself" screens on 21 November at 92YTribeca in New York City