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Old Posted May 31, 2008, 5:54 PM
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Exclamation Movies that highlight LA Architecture

I recently saw a trailer for Hancock and was pleasantly surprised to see DTLA on display throughout. Plenty of Library Tower shots and other good stuff. Got me wondering what recommendations people have for movies that showcase LA's great landmarks and architecture.


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Old Posted May 31, 2008, 10:37 PM
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If anyone is into old Los Angeles, as I am, then some of the film noirs are awesome to watch just for the LA location scenes. Here are some that come to mind:

Double Indemnity - The opening sequences show downtown LA, the Biltmore, the long-ago demolished Philharmonic Auditorium (now a parking lot, future site of Park Fifth) and Pershing Square in 1944, the old Acme semaphore traffic lights, and even shows a crew working on the Pacific Electric tracks.

Kiss Me Deadly - you see old Bunker Hill and Angels Flight when it was in its original location, and you also see an early modern Wilshire Blvd. apartment high rise in Westwood (which still exists), where the main character lives.

Criss Cross - This one shows Union Station circa 1949, and stars a very beautiful and young Yvonne De Carlo as the femme fatale; there's a scene inside and outside of Union Station, and you can see the Olvera Street/Plaza area pre-freeway era.

D.O.A. - More old Bunker Hill shots, and I think you even see City Hall and the LA Times building in the background as the main character is walking along Bunker Hill. This movie came out in 1950. I particularly like this film because you also see vintage street scenes of San Francisco; apparently the area in front of the Ferry Building was all run-down by 1950.

Shockproof - more Bunker Hill scenes, circa 1949. I don't know if this one is out on DVD, I was fortunate to watch this at last year's Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

And of course many Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd silent films show 1910s-1920s downtown LA, Echo Park, Silverlake and Hollywood. Safety Last is my favorite Harold Lloyd film (probably my only favorite silent film), which shows downtown LA circa 1923. It's the film where Harold Lloyd's character hangs off the side of a building; the famous scene where he's hanging off of a clock was a set built on the roof of a building, with camera angles chosen so that it looked like he really was hanging off the edge of a real building; I believe that's Broadway down below:


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I recommend the first one, the other two are just fun LA movies:

L.A. Story (1991)


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Steve Martin's homage to a city he loves.


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Speed (1991)


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Many of the freeway scenes in the movie were filmed on California's Interstate 105 and Interstate 110, which was not officially open at the time of filming.


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Earthquake (1974)


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"Disaster epic about the razing of LA, with Heston, a top brass engineer who's marriage to bibulously bloated bosses' daughter, Gardner, drives him to make expressively "angry" love to a starlet, Bujold, until Earth's Final Fury steps in to sort out his conjugal priorities. Plus put-upon cop, Kennedy, is having a bad day because he's mown down Zsa Zsa Gabor's hedge, and a pre-Dallas, Principal, has the unfortunate cross to bear of a 2-storey afro (the only structure undisturbed by the quake)."


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The Omega Man (1971)


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The 1971 version of "I Am Legend" is set in downtown LA. In this version, the mutants are not rabid, they are more of a cult.


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- Several Los Angeles building landmarks can be seen in their construction phases, notably the ARCO Towers and Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courts Building in Downtown LA.
- Filming was disrupted by the Sylmar earthquake of 1971
- The stadium scene was shot at Dodger Stadium.

Here are some scenes set to the music " I wear my sunglasses at night":

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymaj5r2BMIA

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Chinatown (1974)



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Scenes of LA architecture as well as many scenic shots around LA including:

Avalon Casino
Echo Park Lake
Hollywood Blvd
and of course, Chinatown



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Falling Down. One of my favorite movies of all time.

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If you can find it Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself is an incredible compilation of film scenes shot in LA. http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0379357/
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The Italian Job (2003)


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True story while I was staying at the Standard in DTLA:

When the elevator doors open on level one, you see across the lobby, through the glass doors, and out to Flower street. Coming down the elevator one morning, while very hungover, the elevator doors open and I froze. It appeared the traffic on Flower was flowing backwards. I was sure it was a combination of reflections in the glass and my hangover. But turns out they were filming The Italian Job. It appeared they were using the whole length of Flower in the FD. The cars, trucks, buses, taxis, etc would drive up the street, then back-up and do it all over repeatedly.



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Hancock looks to be the greatest movie ever.

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Hancock looks to be the greatest movie ever.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=icJ-qNA5wpg&feature=related
Well so far it seems to offer some of the best shots of the DTLA skyline seen in years. It definitely has that as a major plus.
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Based on what I read on wikipedia, it doesn't seem like Los Angeles will play a role in the upcoming Transformers sequel.

Hopefully I'm wrong.
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