Los Angeles Plays Itself is a 2003 documentary film about the city of Los Angeles. The film was directed by Thom Andersen and produced by Thom Andersen and Frederick Wiseman. The film explores the history, culture, and geography of Los Angeles through its films. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film begins with a montage of scenes from films set in Los Angeles. The film then goes on to explore the city's history, from its founding by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century to its growth into a major metropolis in the 20th century. The film also explores the city's culture, including its music, art, and architecture. The film concludes with a discussion of the future of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Plays Itself is a complex and challenging film that offers a unique perspective on one of the most iconic cities in the world. The film is a must-see for anyone interested in Los Angeles, film, or American culture.

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Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

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Los Angeles Plays Itself is a 2003 documentary film about the city of Los Angeles. The film was directed by Thom Andersen and produced by Thom Andersen and Frederick Wiseman. The film explores the history, culture, and geography of Los Angeles through its films. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film begins with a montage of scenes from films set in Los Angeles. The film then goes on to explore the city's history, from its founding by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century to its growth into a major metropolis in the 20th century. The film also explores the city's culture, including its music, art, and architecture. The film concludes with a discussion of the future of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Plays Itself is a complex and challenging film that offers a unique perspective on one of the most iconic cities in the world. The film is a must-see for anyone interested in Los Angeles, film, or American culture.

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Cast
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Encke King

Narrator (voice)
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Ben Alexander

Officer Frank Smith in Dragnet (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jim Backus

Frank Stark in Rebel Without A Cause (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Brenda Bakke

Lana Turner in L.A. Confidential (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Barbarao

Dorothy in Bush Mama (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Richard Basehart

Roy Morgan / Roy Martin in He Walked By Night (archive footage) (uncredited)
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William Bendix

Buzz Wanchek in The Blue Dahlia (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ann Blyth

Veda Pierce in Mildred Pierce (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jim Bouton

Terry Lennox in The Long Goodbye (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Grand L. Bush

FBI Agent Little Johnson in Die Hard (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Lon Chaney Jr.

Charles 'Butcher' Benton in The Indestructible Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
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John Considine

Doctor Crawford / Matthew Crawford in Timestalkers (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Robert Culp

Frank Boggs in Hickey & Boggs (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Howard Duff

Dave Pomeroy in Panic in the City (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Deanna Durbin

Penny in Three Smart Girls (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mark Frechette

Mark in Zabriskie Point (archive footage) (uncredited)
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John Garfield

Frank Chambers / Nick Blake (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ben Gazzara

Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Marjoe Gortner

Jody in Earthquake (archive footage) (uncredited)
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James Griffith

Jesse Quinn in Dragnet (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Daria Halprin

Daria in Zabriskie Point (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Oliver Hardy

Ollie (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jean Harlow

Gwen Allen in The Public Enemy (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Bob Hope

Adam J. Niles in Bachelor in Paradise (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Lauren Hutton

Georgia Crawford in Timestalkers (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Henry Jaglom

Dean in Venice / Venice (archive footage) (uncredited)
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David Janssen

Steve in Two-Minute Warning (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Peter Jason

Duty Sergeant in Escape From L.A. (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Roy Jenson

Mulvihill in Chinatown (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jack Klugman

Sandman in Two-Minute Warning (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Alan Ladd

Philip Raven in This Gun For Hire (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Stan Laurel

Stan (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Al Leong

Uli in Die Hard (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jerry Lewis

Jerome Littlefield in The Disorderly Orderly (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Gary Lockwood

George Matthews in Model Shop (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Perry Lopez

Escobar in Chinatown (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Lyle Lovett

Detective DeLongpre in The Player (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Fred MacMurray

Walter Neff (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Guy Madison

Cliff Harper (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Joe Mantell

Walsh in Chinatown (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Matt McCoy

Badge of Honor Star Brett Chase (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ralph Meeker

Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Sal Mineo

John 'Plato' Crawford (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Harry Morgan

Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Robert Morley

Sir Ambrose Abercrombie in The Loved One (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Robert Morse

Dennis Barlow (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Tom Neal

Al Roberts in Detour (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Lloyd Nolan

Dr. Vance in Earthquake (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Edmond O'Brien

Frank Bigelow in D.O.A. (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Carroll O'Connor

Lt. Christy French in Marlowe (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Belinda Palmer

Katherine in Chinatown (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jürgen Prochnow

Michael Kogan in The Replacement Killers (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Tony Roberts

Rob in Annie Hall (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Cliff Robertson

President in Escape From L.A. (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mitchell Ryan

The Priest in Two-Minute Warning (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ann Savage

Vera in Detour (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Zachary Scott

Monte Beragon in Mildred Pierce (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Paolo Seganti

Johnny Stompanato in L.A. Confidential (archive footage) (uncredited)
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James Stacy

Joe Brodnek in Flareup (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Madeleine Stowe

Karen Carr in Unlawful Entry / Sherri Shepard in Short Cuts (archive footage) (uncredited)
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David Strathairn

Pierce Patchett in L.A. Confidential (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Gloria Swanson

Norma Desmond (archive footage) (uncredited)
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William Talman

Dave Purvis in Armored Car Robbery (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Larenz Tate

Frankie Lymon in Why Do Fools Fall In Love (archive footage) (uncredited)
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George Tobias

Al Doyle in Nobody Lives Forever (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Lana Turner

Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Diane Venora

Justine in Heat (archive footage) (uncredited)
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John Vernon

Mal Reese in Point Blank (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Craig Wasson

Jake Scully in Body Double (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Keenen Ivory Wayans

Det. Jim Campbell in The Glimmer Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jack Webb

Sergeant Joe Friday in Dragnet (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Raquel Welch

Michele in Flareup (archive footage) (uncredited)
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James Whitmore

Lou Hopke in Shadow In The Sky (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Cornel Wilde

Griff Marat in Shockproof (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mykelti Williamson

Detective Oliver Franklin in First Power (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jonathan Winters

Wilbur Glenworthy / Harry Glenworthy in The Loved One (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Natalie Wood

Judy (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jenny Wright

Diz / Darlene in Out Of Bounds (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Burt Young

Curly in Chinatown (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Darrell Zwerling

Hollis Mulwray in Chinatown (archive footage) (uncredited)
Crew
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Thom Andersen

Director
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Thom Andersen

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Los Angeles Plays Itself

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

10/21/2014

Disc Title Front Cover

Los Angeles Plays Itself

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/21/2014

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