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2 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
Consisting mostly of shots from other films, this documentary discusses the many representations of the city of Los Angeles in film and on television. Professor Thom Andersen compares the city as it exists in real life with its depictions on screen to examine how L.A. and its massive community have been misrepresented over the years. In addition to critical analysis, Andersen explains how directors portray the city itself as a character, and he also delves into L.A.'s dark history.

Cast: Encke King

Director: Thom Andersen

Genres: Documentary

Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

Release Date: January 1st, 2004|2 hr. 49 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 100
    John McMurtrie San Francisco Chronicle

    Ambitious and brilliant. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    What Andersen does best is capture the sense of growing up and living among the landmarks of Hollywood's authentic back lot. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A terrific cinematic essay that will have a very, very long shelf life. show more

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