Learn about the semi-secret history of Los Angeles via historical film clips.
Ever since the first studio opened its doors, Los Angeles has been exporting a certain image of itself: glamour, glitz, crime, car chases, vast swaths of pavement, and gravity-defying architecture that tempts the shaky ground. But even with all the exposure, we're still more imagined than known by most of the world. CalArts professor Thom Andersen's documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself examines LA as a subject, a character, and a setting throughout film history. Culling footage from the limitless number of flicks shot here - from Hollywood blockbusters to Valley porn - Andersen explores the ephemeral essence of our city, as well as the medium that has evangelized it.