I am so glad that I got to see Los Angeles Plays Itself at the Siskel Center [“LA Existential,” October 1]. I have never left a movie needing to be grounded in a sense of location before. Being able to see a busy city block with a bustling diversity of people, along with a vibrant downtown center, calmed me down in exactly the way I needed. Taking a train line home made me feel better too.
If I had left the theater and walked into a parking lot in Naperville or Schaumburg, seeing nothing but distant minimalls on all horizons, I almost certainly would have had an attack of some sort. If I had to immediately get into a car afterward that would have been even worse.
Thanks for recommending it to your readers–it’s going to take me quite some time to get my head around that movie.