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Coming Soon -- Los Angeles Plays Itself

“Los Angeles Plays Itself” will be shown will be shown Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave. at 14th Street in Santa Monica. Director Thom Andersen will be speaking about the film after Sunday's showing. Tickets are $11, $9 for students and seniors and $7 for American Cinematheque members.

This has become a cult movie in Los Angeles because it’s not generally available on DVD (although you can find a bootleg in your local video store if you live in certain neighborhoods). “L.A. Plays Itself” isn’t so much a film as it is an essay (read by Encke King in a laconic monotone) that happens to be accompanied by film clips. The movie is notoriously long, even with an intermission, but you’ll find yourself thinking about it for days afterward.

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