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“The world is beautiful. A useful image of the world must register this beauty.” — Thom Andersen

The remastered and re-edited version of LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF—Andersen’s landmark cinematic essay on Hollywood, and the city that foregrounds, backdrops, and contextualizes it—will screen this weekend at the Aero.

Andersen will be on hand to sign copies of his latest volume SLOW WRITING, and will discuss his work in a post-screening conversation.


LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, Sunday, September 2, at 7:30 pm

AERO THEATRE, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.


Slow Writing—Thom Andersen on Cinema, ed. Mark Webber (Visible Press, 2017).


See: cinema-scope.com/slow-writing-thom-andersen

and: theguardian.com/thom-andersen

Special thanks to Andrew Crane.

Image credit above: The Visible Press.

Below: Fred Halsted’s L.A. Plays Itself is one of the films Thom Andersen drew from to create his masterpiece.


photo 1Human Resources Los Angeles screened 16mm films by the late Owen Land (born George Landow) this past weekend.

Film curator Mark Webber on Owen Land: “Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow) was one of the most original American filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s. His works fused an intellectual sense of reason with the irreverent wit that distances them from the supposedly ‘boring’ world of avant-garde film. His early materialist works anticipated Structural Film, the definition of which provoked his rejection of film theory and convention. Having explored the physical qualities of the celluloid strip, his attention turned to the spectator in a series of ‘literal’ films that question the illusionary nature of cinema through the use of elaborate wordplay and visual ambiguity.”

Land’s 1968 The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter was particularly strange, beautiful, and humorous. Photo stills of the 9 minute film shown here.

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