Looking Back at L.A.
The city as background, character, and subject
From the March, 2014 issue
The city of Los Angeles receives an often-withering examination in two noteworthy films screening at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival. The first, Los Angeles Plays Itself, considers the city as portrayed on film with fascinating and deeply obsessive thoroughness. Over nearly three hours, writer-director Thom Andersen, a film professor at California