Los Angeles Plays Itself
169 minutes | USA | Rating: PG
Los Angeles Plays Itself is an essay on how the movies have depicted Los Angeles. It’s a city symphony in reverse, a symphony with many directions and speeds. It’s a critical history—and counter-history—of Los Angeles via clips from an eclectic list of movies. Many of them are well known (Chinatown, Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential), while others are rarer finds (The Exiles, Bush Mama, Killer of Sheep). The film tracks the various roles that specific landmarks and districts—the Bradbury Building, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis house, Bunker Hill—have played through the years, with insights on movies, architecture, transportation, racism, class and public space.