‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’
Remastered and rereleased to mark its tenth anniversary, Thom Andersen’s heady and provocative film-essay analyzes the way that earth’s most photographed metropolis has been represented in the movies. With a complex nostalgia for the old Los Angeles and a far-ranging knowledge of its indigenous cinema, Andersen draws on avant-garde and exploitation films as well as studio products. Most movies transform documentary into fiction; this remarkable work does the opposite.
Opens Friday, January 3. For a complete list of showtimes, see the IFC Center’s website.
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