Special Guests: Director Thom Anderson, Ed Dimendberg (Film and
Media Studies) and Martin Schwab (Philosophy) will be present to
discuss the film.
We begin the Fall season with Thom Andersen’s highly praised
documentary, a film comprised of fragments from numerous films
whose common thread is the city of Los Angeles. Culled from over
200 films, Los Angeles Plays Itself is as much about filmmaking
as it is about the city it plays. Andersen reveals casual connections
that are developed into more elaborate themes and patterns by way
of the skillful interplay between editing and narration. Deftly
moving between old school B-films, European art films, the American
avant-garde, and Hollywood blockbusters, Andersen’s portrait
of the city through its many faces is full of wisdom and wit.
2002, USA • 169 Minutes • BetaSP • Directed
by Thom Anderson