Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Sep 2, 2018

Director Thom Andersen In Person!
Discussion following the film with director Thom Andersen, who will sign his book, Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
2003, 170 min, USA, Dir: Thom Andersen

Southern California practically bleeds celluloid; virtually everywhere you turn, you’ll see a location that has doubled as a film set. Director Thom Andersen plays private eye in this sardonic video essay, revisiting the scenes of cinematic crimes and triumphs and unraveling the tangled relationship between the movies and our metropolis. Both Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an almost secret history of the City of Angels. A Cinematheque favorite!

In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan called LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF “the best documentary ever made about Los Angeles.” On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Thom Andersen's sardonic video essay about the tangled relationship between the movies and our metropolis has been remastered and re-edited. It's funnier, sharper and bigger. It's now really a double feature. No matter how many times you've seen it before, you will be blown away by the new version on the big screen!

Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Sep 2, 2018 • 7:30pm