About Los Angeles Plays Itself

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Documentary, Experimental

At once epic in scope yet provocative in its critique of cinema, Los Angeles Plays Itself explores the world’s most photographed city both as a character within film history and beyond its often limited depiction in the media. Mining fiction films for their “documentary revelations,” Thom Anderson unveils a captivating mosaic of the city using clips from over 200 films, incorporating everything from silent comedies, to classic film noir, African American cinema, gay pornography, and big-budget action movies. Through its affectionate examination of the city’s neighborhoods, architecture, urban folklore, and hidden histories, the film contemplates the politics of representation while simultaneously celebrating the beauty of the cinematic image. (DigiBeta presentation)

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