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LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF DVD (2003) 2-disc
run time: 169 minutes. USA. Color.
directed by: Thom Andersen
description: Voted Best Doc of 2004 by The Village Voice. A
must-see for Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts, who
will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an
almost secret history of the City of Angels. "This cinematic essay
focuses on the discrepancy between the lived-in urban reality of
Los Angeles and its various century-deep cinematic mythologies. The
movie is about more than just what the movies get wrong. It's about
the way the imaginary space of cinema intrudes upon the actual
space of our lives, so that the L.A. of the movies becomes a kind
of separate urban reality unto itself." -- The Toronto Star
 
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featuring footage from the following films:
LA Plays Itself (1972)
 -  The film is titled after Fred Halsted's adult
film "L.A. Plays Itself." Clips of Halsted's film are also
featured.
Rush Hour (1998)
Swordfish (2001)
Features
A Muddy Romance (1913)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Putting Pants on Philip (1927)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Little Caesar (1931)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Public Enemy (1931)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Music Box (1932)
 -  footage appears throughout
What Price Hollywood? (1932)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
What! No Beer? (1933)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Female (1933)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Babbitt (1934)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Three Smart Girls (1936)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
A Star Is Born (1937)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Johnny Eager (1941)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Saboteur (1942)
 -  footage appears throughout
This Gun for Hire (1942)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Double Indemnity (1944)
 -  footage appears throughout
Dragon Seed (1944)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
 -  footage appears throughout
Detour (1945)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Suspense (1946)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Till the End of Time (1946)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Big Sleep (1946)
 -  footage appears throughout
Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Nocturne (1946)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Unfaithful (1947)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Street with No Name (1948)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
He Walked by Night (1948)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Act of Violence (1948)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Shockproof (1949)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Criss Cross (1949)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
D.O.A. (1950)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
 -  footage appears throughout
Union Station (1950)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Strip (1951)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Atomic City (1952)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Shadow in the Sky (1952)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Pushover (1954)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Dragnet (1954)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
East of Eden (1955)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Night Holds Terror (1955)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 -  footage appears throughout
Indestructible Man (1956)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Vertigo (1958)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
 -  footage appears throughout
Invisible Invaders (1959)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Crimson Kimono (1959)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Psycho (1960)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Exiles (1961)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Birds (1963)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Loved One (1965)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
"Dragnet 1967" (1967)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Trip (1967/II)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Point Blank (1967)
 -  footage appears throughout
Targets (1968)
 -  footage appears throughout
Panic in the City (1968)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Model Shop (1969)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Marlowe (1969)
 -  footage appears throughout
Flareup (1969)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Zabriskie Point (1970)
 -  footage appears throughout
Airport (1970)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Omega Man (1971)
 -  footage appears throughout
The French Connection (1971)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
LA Plays Itself (1972)
 -  footage appears throughout
The New Centurions (1972)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Hickey & Boggs (1972)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Un homme est mort (1972)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Dead People (1973)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Long Goodbye (1973)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Way We Were (1973)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Terminal Man (1974)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Chinatown (1974)
 -  footage appears throughout
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
 -  footage appears throughout
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
 -  footage appears throughout
Earthquake (1974)
 -  footage appears throughout
"The Blue Knight: Pilot (#1.0)" (1975)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Killer of Sheep (1977)
 -  footage appears throughout
Annie Hall (1977)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Choirboys (1977)
 -  footage appears throughout
Bush Mama (1979)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Midnight Madness (1980)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Black Marble (1980)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Xanadu (1980)
 -  footage appears throughout
Cutter's Way (1981)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Under the Rainbow (1981)
 -  footage appears throughout
Death Wish II (1982)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Blade Runner (1982)
 -  footage appears throughout
Der Stand der Dinge (1982)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Android (1982)
 -  footage appears throughout
Valley Girl (1983)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Breathless (1983)
 -  footage appears throughout
El Norte (1983)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Sudden Impact (1983)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Bless Their Little Hearts (1984)
 -  clips from it are in the movie and the themes
are discussed
Love Streams (1984)
 -  footage appears throughout
Repo Man (1984)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Mike's Murder (1984)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Heartbreakers (1984)
 -  footage appears throughout
Body Double (1984)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Terminator (1984)
 -  footage appears throughout
Night of the Comet (1984)
 -  clip used in the movie and compared to The
Omega Man
The Glitter Dome (1984) (TV)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Into the Night (1985/I)
 -  footage appears throughout
Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (1985)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
 -  footage appears throughout
Cobra (1986)
 -  footage appears throughout
Out of Bounds (1986)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
52 Pick-Up (1986)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Morning After (1986)
 -  footage appears throughout
Lethal Weapon (1987)
 -  footage appears throughout
Timestalkers (1987) (TV)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
 -  footage appears throughout
Die Hard (1988)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Miracle Mile (1988)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
They Live (1988)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
L.A. Bounty (1989)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
 -  footage appears throughout
Black Rain (1989/I)
 -  footage appears throughout
Tango & Cash (1989)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Internal Affairs (1990)
 -  footage appears throughout
Hard to Kill (1990)
 -  footage appears throughout
Impulse (1990)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The First Power (1990)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990) (TV)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Predator 2 (1990)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Rookie (1990)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
L.A. Story (1991)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Marrying Man (1991)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
 -  footage appears throughout
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Night on Earth (1991)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Bugsy (1991)
 -  footage appears throughout
Grand Canyon (1991)
 -  footage appears throughout
American Me (1992)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Player (1992)
 -  footage appears throughout
Deep Cover (1992)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Unlawful Entry (1992)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Nails (1992) (TV)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Venice/Venice (1992)
 -  footage appears throughout
Dead Homiez (1993)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Falling Down (1993)
 -  footage appears throughout
Rising Sun (1993)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Kalifornia (1993)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Short Cuts (1993)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Demolition Man (1993)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Sins of the Night (1993)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Dead Connection (1994)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Wolf (1994)
 -  footage appears throughout
There Goes My Baby (1994)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
A Passion to Kill (1994)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Takeover (1995) (V)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Safe (1995)
 -  footage appears throughout
Murder in the First (1995)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Species (1995)
 -  footage appears throughout
Clueless (1995)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Net (1995)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Virtuosity (1995)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Strange Days (1995)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Nick of Time (1995)
 -  footage appears throughout
Heat (1995)
 -  footage appears throughout
Freeway (1996)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Independence Day (1996)
 -  footage appears throughout
Escape from L.A. (1996)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Glimmer Man (1996)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Hollywood Confidential (1997) (TV)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Volcano (1997)
 -  footage appears throughout
City of Industry (1997)
 -  footage appears throughout
L.A. Confidential (1997)
 -  footage appears throughout
Jackie Brown (1997)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Replacement Killers (1998)
 -  footage appears throughout
The Big Lebowski (1998)
 -  footage appears throughout
Twilight (1998)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Armageddon (1998/I)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
 -  footage appears throughout
Blade (1998)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
110/220 (1999)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Limey (1999)
 -  footage appears throughout
Anywhere But Here (1999)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
 -  footage appears throughout
Hanging Up (2000)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
Brother (2000)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
The Learning Curve (2001)
 -  Excerpts appear in the film.
"HBO First Look: The Making of 'Swordfish'" (2001)
 -  footage appears throughout