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The Ticketless Traveler: Los Angeles, California

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Ready to get away? Craving some Hollywood glamour? The roiling surf of Malibu? The sunny So-Cal lifestyle? Well, pop in one of these CDs, throw on one of these movies and open up one of these books and you'll be THERE!

Movies

[City Hall of Los Angeles], Digital ID 1640792, New York Public Library

Model Shop A directionless drifter spots a beautiful model on the streets of Los Angeles...

Inventing LA: the Chandlers and their Times The darkness and light of LA's most powerful family.

Sunset Boulevard Hollywood at its most ugly - which is to say its most real.

Mulholland Drive Stop reading this and click on the link and place a hold already! A surreal masterpiece!

Clueless Like, whatevs (circa 1995).

Chinatown "She's my sister AND my daughter!" Corruption and Glamour in 1930s Los Angeles.

Beach Blanket Bingo Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello do the twist on the beach!

 

Music

The Park, Long Beach, Calif., Digital ID 67753, New York Public Library

Mamas and the Papas The voices of the canyon—dreamin', singin', lovin'...

Beach Boys Well, they don't suggest Poughkeepsie!

The Go-Gos They most certainly do have the beat.

The Doors The Lizard King basks in the sun!

Sheryl Crow vibes that groovy So-Cal Glow!

 

Novels and the Movies they inspired

Day of the Locust and the movie: A Hollywood riot—literally.

LA Confidential and the movie: A modern day classic

In a Lonely Place and the movie: Bogie and Gloria Grahame fall in love - and spar noirishly.

A Single Man and the movie: Tom Ford's movie includes the most lovingly photographed sweater in the history of the movies:

The Big Sleep and the movie: Bogie and Bacall do Raymond Chandler.

The Grifters and the movie: In the movie, Angelica Huston pronounces it, Loss Angle-ees.

 

Books

Weetzie Bat A gaggle of teens tool around LA: a punk rock fairy tale.

L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook The place to eat and be seen: Definitely check out the crepes.

Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon "Young girls are coming to the canyon..."

The Star Machine Classic Hollywood stars and how they got that way.

Los Angeles Then and Now Um, basically, pix of LA a really long time ago and pix of LA today!

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fun post

pity Thom Andersen's brilliant 2003 video essay Los Angeles Plays Itself is not released (due to rights issues presumably), as it is a must-see for those interested in LA and how it has been portrayed in films; look for it at Anthology Film Archives or other repertory theaters, it is a gem.

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