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Monday, January 05, 2009

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Below is 6-1/2 minutes of Thom Andersen's 169-minute essay Los Angeles Plays Itself. In this clip the director asks if the Utopian ideals of LA's 20th-century, modernist residential architecture have been destroyed in Hollywood's predilection for staging houses by Wright, Neutra, Koenig and Lautner as pads of movie villains.

The 2003 film is not yet available on DVD, most likely stemming from the numerous clips used in the movie and the rights that must go along with them. Having missed it when it came out, I'm hoping it pops up one of these days at Film Forum or another such nearby venue.

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