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Thom Andersen

“I am not trying to make some new meaning from these films; I am striving to bring out the meanings that are there but obscured by the plot lines.”

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    LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF

    Thom Andersen United States, 2003

    Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. Featuring clips from more than 200 LA-set films!

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    EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER

    Thom Andersen United States, 1975

    From Los Angeles Plays Itself director (and renowned teacher) Thom Andersen comes this biographical essay film on the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Andersen literally re-animates Muybridge’s trailblazing experiments in motion studies while confronting his anguished personal life.

    RED HOLLYWOOD

    Thom Andersen, Noël Burch United States, 1996

    Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) alongside Noël Burch turn their exacting gaze onto the turbulent period of McCarthyism and its crusade against some of Hollywood’s finest artisans. An essential reckoning with American motion picture history and cinema’s capacity as a political art.

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