Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Sep 4, 2011
7:30pm
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Director Thom Andersen In Person!
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF

"This cinematic essay focuses on the discrepancy between the lived-in urban reality of Los Angeles and its various century-deep cinematic mythologies. The movie is about more than just what the movies get wrong. It’s about the way the imaginary space of cinema intrudes upon the actual space of our lives, so that the L.A. of the movies becomes a kind of separate urban reality unto itself." - Toronto Star

Discussion following with director Thom Andersen.
Not On DVD!

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (Original Cut)
2003, 169 min, Dir: Thom Andersen

Southern California practically bleeds celluloid; virtually everywhere you turn, you’ll see a location that once 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 - see it now on the big screen!


Screening format: DV Cam
Aero Theatre • Sun, Sep 4, 2011 • 7:30pm
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