“Los Angeles Plays Itself,” is a new documentary examining the manner in which Los Angeles portrays itself in movies. According to Chris Hall, who reviews the film for Building Design Online, director Thom Anderson, “knows and cares about LA’s built environment, from art deco skyscrapers and the international style to Spanish colonial villas and modernist apartments cantilevered over the Hollywood Hills.” Included in the film is an examination of an idea I’ve always pondered: why modernist buildings are always the residence of evil criminal masterminds. The film questions the authenticity of the city; the reality of Los Angeles vs. the fantasy Los Angeles, and considers architecture “not as backdrop, but as character.”
oh…I’ve just done a little “research”, and found that the movie was initially released in 2003. It sounds like it raises a lot of compelling issues. Has anyone out there seen it?