Archive of films Los Angeles Plays Itself / Los Angeles Plays Itself

USA
2003, 169 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2004

This 169-minute film essay is an unusual portrait of a city used in so many films that we know it almost intimately even without ever having been there. Consisting almost exclusively of footage taken from films shot in Los Angeles, this film is a must-see and offers the utmost pleasure to all film buffs. 


Synopsis

This 169-minute film essay is an unusual portrait of a city used in so many films that we know it almost intimately even without ever having been there. Consisting almost exclusively of footage from films shot in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Plays Itself is a must-see and offers the utmost pleasure to all film buffs. A well-informed and funny guide through film history featuring films such as Chinatown, Blade Runner and L.A. Confidential, in which Los Angeles plays either another city or sometimes even itself. Full of unforgettable scenes with a witty commentary by the director himself, the film is also a special declaration of love dedicated to a city that exists more in our minds than in reality. 

About the director

Thom Andersen (b. 1943, Chicago) teaches directing and film history at California Institute of the Arts. He has been making documentary films since 1965. The most well-known are: Melting (1965), Olivia’s Place (1966) and Red Hollywood (co-directed with Noël Burch, 1995). 

Contacts

Thom Andersen
1735 Micheltorena Street, 90026, Los Angeles
United States of America
Tel: +1 323 666 6977
Fax: +1 661 253 7824
E-mail: icepickslim@earthlink.net

Submarine Entertainment
197 Grand Street 6W, 10013, New York
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 625 1410
E-mail: info@submarine.com

About the film

Color, BETA SP

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Thom Andersen
Screenplay: Thom Andersen
Dir. of Photography: Deborah Stratman
Editor: Yoo Seung-Hyun
Producer: Thom Andersen
Production: Thom Andersen
Cast: Encke King (hlas/voice)
Contact: Thom Andersen, Submarine Entertainment
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