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Los Angeles, the City in Cinema: The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999)

Englishmen have come to Los Angeles since it first qualified as a city, and another one comes in The Limey. Wilson, a London thief just out of jail, comes to town to investigate and possibly avenge the mysterious death of his daughter. The trail leads Wilson, played by icon of 60s British cinema Terence Stamp, to the heavily cantilevered Hollywood Hills mansion of record producer Terry Valentine, played by icon of 60s American cinema Peter Fonda. The two square off in a post-utopian era of violence through and ultimately well outside a city that allows nothing so comfortable as finality.

The video essays of “Los Angeles, the City in Cinema” examine the variety of Los Angeleses revealed in the films set there, both those new and old, mainstream and obscure, respectable and schlocky, appealing and unappealing — just like the city itself.

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