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Los Angeles Plays Itself ()


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A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.

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Encke King ...
Narrator (voice)
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Officer Frank Smith in Dragnet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Frank Stark in Rebel Without A Cause (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Lana Turner in L.A. Confidential (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Barbarao ...
Dorothy in Bush Mama (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Roy Morgan / Roy Martin in He Walked By Night (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Buzz Wanchek in The Blue Dahlia (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Veda Pierce in Mildred Pierce (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jim Bouton ...
Terry Lennox in The Long Goodbye (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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FBI Agent Little Johnson in Die Hard (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Charles 'Butcher' Benton in The Indestructible Man (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Doctor Crawford / Matthew Crawford in Timestalkers (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Frank Boggs in Hickey & Boggs (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Dave Pomeroy in Panic in the City (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Penny in Three Smart Girls (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mark in Zabriskie Point (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Frank Chambers / Nick Blake (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jody in Earthquake (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jesse Quinn in Dragnet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Daria in Zabriskie Point (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Ollie (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Gwen Allen in The Public Enemy (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Adam J. Niles in Bachelor in Paradise (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Georgia Crawford in Timestalkers (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Dean in Venice / Venice (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Steve in Two-Minute Warning (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Duty Sergeant in Escape From L.A. (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mulvihill in Chinatown (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Sandman in Two-Minute Warning (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Philip Raven in This Gun For Hire (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Stan (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Uli in Die Hard (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jerome Littlefield in The Disorderly Orderly (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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George Matthews in Model Shop (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Escobar in Chinatown (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Detective DeLongpre in The Player (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Walter Neff (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Cliff Harper (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Walsh in Chinatown (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Badge of Honor Star Brett Chase (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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John 'Plato' Crawford (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Sir Ambrose Abercrombie in The Loved One (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Dennis Barlow (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Al Roberts in Detour (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Dr. Vance in Earthquake (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Frank Bigelow in D.O.A. (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Lt. Christy French in Marlowe (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Katherine in Chinatown (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Michael Kogan in The Replacement Killers (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Rob in Annie Hall (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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President in Escape From L.A. (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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The Priest in Two-Minute Warning (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Vera in Detour (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Monte Beragon in Mildred Pierce (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Johnny Stompanato in L.A. Confidential (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Joe Brodnek in Flareup (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Karen Carr in Unlawful Entry / Sherri Shepard in Short Cuts (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Pierce Patchett in L.A. Confidential (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Norma Desmond (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Dave Purvis in Armored Car Robbery (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Frankie Lymon in Why Do Fools Fall In Love (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Al Doyle in Nobody Lives Forever (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Justine in Heat (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mal Reese in Point Blank (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jake Scully in Body Double (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Det. Jim Campbell in The Glimmer Man (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Sergeant Joe Friday in Dragnet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Michele in Flareup (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Lou Hopke in Shadow In The Sky (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Griff Marat in Shockproof (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Detective Oliver Franklin in First Power (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Wilbur Glenworthy / Harry Glenworthy in The Loved One (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Judy (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Diz / Darlene in Out Of Bounds (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Curly in Chinatown (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Hollis Mulwray in Chinatown (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Thom Andersen

Written by

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Thom Andersen ... (text)

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Thom Andersen ... producer

Cinematography by

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Deborah Stratman

Film Editing by

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Seung-Hyun Yoo

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Peter Bo Rappmund ... addtional editing

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Thor Moser ... sound
Craig Smith ... sound

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Scott Crary ... distribution assistant

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Plot Summary

Of the cities in the world, few are depicted in and mythologized more in film and television than the city of Los Angeles. In this documentary, Thom Andersen examines in detail the ways the city has been depicted, both when it is meant to be anonymous and when itself is the focus. Along the way, he illustrates his concerns of how the real city and its people are misrepresented and distorted through the prism of popular film culture. Furthermore, he also chronicles the real stories of the city's modern history behind the notorious accounts of the great conspiracies that ravaged his city that reveal a more open and yet darker past than the casual viewer would suspect. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Also Known As
  • Los Angeles Por Ela Mesma (Brazil)
  • В роли самого себя - Лос-Анджелес (Russia)
  • To Los Angeles paizei to rolo tou (Greece)
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  • 169 min
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Goofs The narration describes architect John Lautner's famous Chemosphere house as "a hexagon of wood, steel, and glass." The Chemosphere is octagonal. See more »
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