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Old 06-06-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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I know I already posted a movie about movies depicting downtown. But I think what I was looking for was movies depicting Los Angeles in a new light.

IDK if it was intentional to use DTLA as the spot because it was convenient or because DTLA was of interest because the director really wanted to pay homage to DTLA.

But the movie really puts the city into a different perspective. Other movies make it look grimy but 500 Days just goes beyond just being there.
The character reminds me of myself because I like to draw buildings alot, and I admire Downtown Los Angeles.

And what I mean by going beyond just being there is that the movie delves into the architecture. Even the character gives a little tour and facts about the city.


For all you know it could have been New York City or Chicago. Because typically , the last place people would think of a good urban setting would be L.A. Most people picture LA as hippy suburb infested and flat.


The movie even seems like a PSA for bettering DTLA as the character mentions the flaws that are parking lots when he is talking to the girl. He proceeds to draw on her arm as he envisions those lots being filled in drawing what he pictures on her arm.

This is now one of my favorite movies of all time. Not to mention the women in the movie, especially the one at the end.


But seriously, if you want to see a movie with a positive depiction and a hopeful look at downtown los angeles, look at 500 Days of Summer.

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Old 06-06-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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You're right. I loved this movie and enjoyed its focus on L.A.'s architecture.
L.A. as filtered by love in '(500) Days of Summer' - latimes.com
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: La Crescenta, CA
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It's hard to find a copy, but you should check out the documentary "LA Plays Itself," which is about all the ways LA has shown up in the movies. It's pretty informative and entertaining. You can watch it on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SNc41zyLJ0] ; finding an actual DVD of it is tough, b/c it takes footage from dozens and dozens of movies -- perhaps into the hundreds -- and the filmmaker never got the rights to use them.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Great film. Really liked the Bunker Hill footage as well. Makes you want to run out and find lots of great L.A. films.

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It's hard to find a copy, but you should check out the documentary "LA Plays Itself," which is about all the ways LA has shown up in the movies. It's pretty informative and entertaining. You can watch it on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SNc41zyLJ0] ; finding an actual DVD of it is tough, b/c it takes footage from dozens and dozens of movies -- perhaps into the hundreds -- and the filmmaker never got the rights to use them.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:41 PM
 
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It's hard to find a copy, but you should check out the documentary "LA Plays Itself," which is about all the ways LA has shown up in the movies. It's pretty informative and entertaining. You can watch it on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SNc41zyLJ0] ; finding an actual DVD of it is tough, b/c it takes footage from dozens and dozens of movies -- perhaps into the hundreds -- and the filmmaker never got the rights to use them.
i finally saw los angeles plays itself recently after hearing so much about it over the past few years. IMO it's a must-see for film buffs and LA history enthusiasts alike - and since i'm both, i enjoyed the film immensely.

the documentary gets screened at art house theaters in LA and other major cities from time to time, but you can actually purchase a DVD of the film at this site, which sells dvds of extremely rare or unreleased films such as this. the people who operate that site actually create the dvds themselves by transferring the film from the original source material (usually a quality digital print) to dvd.
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