Thom Andersen
Los Angeles Plays Itself

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

The literary incarnation of the legendary essay film by Thom Andersen, Los Angeles Plays Itself, is “a continuation by other means,” as he puts it, of his phantasmagoric account of how movies have represented and misrepresented the city of Los Angeles. Andersen continues and extends his assault on the mythologies of Los Angeles and its movies, casting a keen gaze on many movies not analyzed in his film, such as The Wild Angels, The Fast and the Furious, Crash, Collateral, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Teenage Doll, Mulholland Dr., Inherent Vice, The Black Dahlia, Ask the Dust, The Player, A Single Man, Dusty and Sweets McGee, and even San Andreas.

Edited by J.C. Gabel
Designed by Brian Roettinger
Hat & Beard Press #12