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Cinema of Walking

by Veronica Paredes

This clip from Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself explores Los Angeles's "cinema of walking." Andersen traces a neorealist genre of Los Angeles in Kent Mackenzie's 1961 The Exiles and UCLA filmmakers in the 1970s, here specifically pointing to Haile Gerima's 1976 Bush Mama. The clip shows a shift from one genre of Los Angeles films to another, from driving to walking. In this transition, Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles is featured prominently in clips from The Exiles and Gregory Nava's 1983 El Norte.

Cinema of Walking clip

Thom Andersen's 2003 video essay about the representation of Los Angeles through film.

from Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Creator: Thom Andersen
Distributor: Submarine Entertainment
Posted by Veronica Paredes