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Film: Los Angeles Plays Itself

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Post-screening conversation with filmmaker Thom Andersen.

“Los Angeles is where the relationship between reality and representation gets muddled.” – Thom Andersen, Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Andersen’s film essay is a thoughtful and loving look at the way Los Angeles has been historically presented on the big screen, in three particular ways—as plot, background, and subject. Andersen uses a wealth of clips covering decades of cinema history and a variety of genres, with his narration adding keen insight to his exploration of the city’s use as a narrative setting and a filming location, as well as “a character in itself.”

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Thom Andersen. 2003–14. 169 min. USA. B&W, Color. English. DCP.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90036United States
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