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[Los Angeles]Los Angeles Plays Itself

A video essay about how movies have portrayed the city of Los Angeles. The film looks at Los Angeles from three perspectives: first, as a background for movies, second, as a character in movies, and third, as a subject for a movie. Research/text/production, Thom Andersen. 2003. 169 min.

[Los Angeles]Los Angeles, Dream a Different City

Los Angeles made smog and pollution into household words. No longer. Its citizens have said enough, and are putting their backs, as well as their words, into the effort to recover the Edens they have lost. TreePeople, founded by Andy Lipkis, is leading the campaign to plant one million trees in the next decade. To everyone's surprise, Los Angeles is discovering mass transit. The Expo Line represents the first east-west light rail-line in Los Angeles in 50 years.

[Los Angeles]Los Angeles: A Fantasy Cityscape. (Architecture 2000.)

In Los Angeles, experimental architecture is the norm. In Malibu, Edward Niles' futuristic "Space house," and the Getty Roman villa are a study in contrasts; the home of Simon Kwan in Las Flores canyon combines geometrical and deconstructionist elements; in Venice, "The Binoculars" shares proximity with eccentric beach houses and studios on Ocean Front Walk; and Frank Gehry's sculptural Walt Disney Concert Hall stands in the heart of Los Angeles.

[Los Angeles]One Pair of Eyes: Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles.

A tour of the architectural highlights of Los Angeles with professor of the History of Architecture, Reyner Banham. 1975. [preservation copy];View this video online
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[Los Angeles]The New Los Angeles

Explores the complexities of inclusion in Los Angeles -- the nation's largest divide between rich and poor. The film provides a riveting portrait of a city in often turbulent transition, beginning in 1973 with the election of African American mayor Tom Bradley and concluding with the political empowerment of Latinos and the election of Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in more than 130 years. c2005. 55 min.