RARA-AVIS: Note On "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

From: chrisaschneider@earthlink.net
Date: 26 Aug 2004

Jay Gertzman wrote:
> This avuncular documentary is about
> is about the depiction of L.A. in films,
> and about the way the history of the
> city has been presented by the film
> industry.

Thought I'd mention, since no one else was too likely, that the title of Thom Andersen's documentary is, indeed, taken from the 1970s gay porn film directed by Fred Halsted: "L.A. Plays Itself." (Ou sont les pornos d'antan ...)

Here's a link to an article about the Andersen which goes into a bit more detail. Dig, too, the description further down the page of gritty Los Angeles docu-drama "The Savage Eye." Written by the guy (Ben Maddow) who wrote the script for "The Asphalt Jungle," in case you're interested.


And here's an article-ette about Halsted himself.


To quote Barbara Baxley (later seen in "Nashville" and "Norma Rae"), as Baxley is reputed to exclaim in "The Savage Eye": "I've got a sin that won't wash off -- the sin of loveless love!"


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