Los Angeles Plays Itself

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Los Angeles Plays Itself is a video essay by Thom Andersen, finished in 2003, exploring the way Los Angeles has been presented in movies. Consisting almost entirely of clips from other films with narration, the film was not initially released commercially. The film was only seen in screenings presented by Andersen, occasional presentations at American Cinematheque and copies distributed via filesharing and other person-to-person methods. In 2014, it was announced that the film would finally be released officially by Cinema Guild.[1]

Andersen stated that the film idea occurred to him after a lecture he gave at the California Institute of the Arts, where he talked to USC graduate and television producer Nik Visger about his objections to L.A. Confidential, the 1997 Curtis Hanson film adapted from James Ellroy's novel.[2]

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