Los Angeles Plays Itself

Presented by María Palacios Cruz

Los Angeles Plays Itself, Thom Andersen

Los Angeles Plays Itself, Thom Andersen

As every autumn, Tabakalera homes in on architecture through different programmes. Our contribution from the cinema department begins with a series of questions: What has been cinema’s contribution to the creation of the collective imaginary of cities? Why do we get the sensation of being “in a film” when we see or travel to a landscape similar to that of Los Angeles?

If cinema has indeed shown us how to look at some cities, can that route be travelled in reverse? Can architecture and urbanism show us how to see films? To start to answer these questions, we have prepared a double bill. First of all, the screening of a contemporary classic, one of those films that directly addresses this question of correspondence between cinematographic imaginary and urbanism, a film-essay that looks back on how cinema has represented the city of Los Angles throughout history: Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), by film director and Professor of the School of the California Institute of Arts, Thom Andersen.

The second part of our double bill will be the presentation of the book Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema, entrusted to Maria Palacios Cruz, co-publisher of the work.  

 

 

PROGRAMME

18:00 Presentation of the book Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema 45’

19:00 Los Angeles Plays Itself, (Primera parte), Thom Andersen, USA, 2003, 90’

22:00 Los Angeles Plays Itself, (Segunda parte), Thom Andersen, USA, 2003, 80’

 

Guests

María Palacios Cruz

María Palacios Cruz

Curator, writer, and lecturer on avant-garde cinema.