Film and Television

Virtual Screening and Watch Party: Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. PST

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About the Event

Described by film critic Kenneth Turan as “the best documentary ever made about Los Angeles,” Thom Andersen's landmark documentary Los Angeles Plays Itselfexplores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown—as seen entirely through the films themselves.  

From its distinctive neighborhoods to its striking architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop to countless movies. In this dazzling work, Andersen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour through the metropolis' real and cinematic history, spanning nearly 100 years, from the silent era to modern times.  

In the absence of being able to watch the film in a theatre together, we are hosting a live Twitter watch party during the screening. Grab some takeout from your favorite local restaurant and join us for a film, dinner, and commentary by following #LAonFilm. Joining the party will be AP film writer Lindsey Bahr and the Autry's Tyree Boyd-Pates.

This program was created in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Register by Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 a.m. for a free virtual screening through LACMA. Limited reservations available. You can stream the film on with a public library card or college e-mail.