DEPICTING CINEMA(S): FILM HISTORY AS EXPERIMENT
Thom Andersen’s Los Angles Play Itself
Entirely made by clips from movies, documentary footage, and archival images, Los Angeles Plays Itself puts a wide range of film genres and movie representations from different eras into dialogue with one another—from early silent films to action movies or dramas, documentary forms to musical clips, classical Hollywood productions to lesser known or underground films. Combining clips from well-known and relatively unknown movies, as well as using documentary footage, Los Angeles Plays Itself is a commentary on the relationship between reality and representation, between simulacrum and artifact, and between the visible and the unknown. Thom Andersen’s film is a historical tour of cinema that researches, inquires, and questions the role of films, and the film industry, in the construction of our collective experience of urban space, its landscape and geography.
Published at Found Footage Magazine #3