Screening: Los Angeles Plays ItselfSaturday / 14 / January / 2012 / 1pm
ICA explored the revolutionary potential of film and the cinematic archive with a series of screenings,
discussions, and performances presented as part of the exhibition Living Document / Naked Reality: Towards an Archival Cinema.
Screening: Los Angeles Plays Itself
(Dir. Thom Andersen, 2003, 169 min, color, sound.)
@ International House (3701 Chestnut St.)
Thom Andersen's iconic film essay is a sweeping reconstruction of Los Angeles as seen from the countless Hollywood films that use the city as background, character, and subject. The film delves beyond these structural facades to a story of land grabs, deteriorating public transport, and race riots.
This event was followed by a discussion between Chris Cagle, Assistant Professor of Film History and Theory in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University, Penn's Rom&eeacute;n de la Campa, Edwin B. and Lenore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages, and Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Penn.
In collaboration with International House and Penn Cinema Studies.