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You’re familiar with the Los Angeles portrayed in #LaLaLand & #OnceUponATimeInHollywood. Maybe you’ve even seen #RebelWithoutACause & #SunsetBoulevard. These 15 movies, though, show a side of the city rarely caught on film bit.ly/2CEax11
#TheExiles (1961) follows Native American twenty-somethings who move to L.A. They hang out on Bunker Hill and shop at Grand Central Market. Watch for sights of downtown before the stately Victorian homes were torn down to make room for office buildings bit.ly/2CEax11
Peter Bogdanovich hit screens with #Targets, his 1967 directing debut set in the San Fernando Valley. The area’s garish mid-century look, by cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs and production designer Polly Platt, provides a saturated backdrop for the film bit.ly/2CEax11
Jacques Demy’s #ModelShop was barely on anyone’s radar for some 40 years after it came out, but the last few years have brought the L.A. classic renewed attention. Watch for leisurely drives along La Brea Avenue and trips to Venice beach & the Sunset Strip bit.ly/2CEax11
#OutsideMan (1972) features everything from a Sunset Strip apartment to the old Greyhound bus station downtown to a long shoot-out at the closed-down Pacific Ocean Park. This sunlit Euro noir is a fascinating piece of 1970s L.A. bit.ly/2CEax11
Cheech and Chong’s #UpInSmoke sees the duo cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and travel from Venice to Highland Park and Lincoln Heights, culminating in a wild Battle of the Bands at the legendary Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip bit.ly/2CEax11
#Shampoo masterfully captures the mood of the city. Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie and a young Carrie Fisher lob witty barbs at each other while taking full advantage of the swinging sixties bit.ly/2CEax11
#KillerOfSheep is a rare look at family life in 1970’s Watts, as a family man’s job at a slaughterhouse threatens to crush his soul. In contrast to his burdensome life, the neighborhood’s children run seemingly carefree through the surrounding neighborhood bit.ly/2CEax11
#Breathless stars Richard Gere as a drifter who shoots a cop, then hides out in locations ranging from the UCLA Sculpture Garden to a punk club to the fantastical, Gaudi-esque O’Neill house, featuring a soundtrack with Brian Eno, Link Wray and more bit.ly/2CEax11
Quintessential L.A. film #LessThanZero features gripping performances from Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader, featuring ubiquitous punk rock concert and Palm Springs party scenes bit.ly/2CEax11
#MiVidaLoca was a groundbreaking 1993 film following a group of young Chicanas. Watch for the long-gone El Batey market and drives down Sunset Boulevard bit.ly/2CEax11
#RepoMan is a perfect encapsulation of the punky goofiness of L.A. in the ‘80s. With an energetic soundtrack by Iggy Pop, the Plugz and Black Flag and shot mostly around the downtown garment district, the sci-fi comedy is always game for deadpan mayhem bit.ly/2CEax11
#ToLiveAndDieInLA frames the city as a neon wasteland filled with seedy strip clubs, barren train yards, and sun-baked burger shacks. The show-stopping car chase down the Terminal Island Freeway cemented it as one of the all-time best LA crime sagas bit.ly/2CEax11
#IntoTheNight stars Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer, who drive from LAX to Marina del Rey, to the Beverly House and Frederick’s of Hollywood, in service of a plot filled with cameos from some of the city’s local icons and landmarks bit.ly/2CEax11
Denzel Washington stars as an aspiring private investigator in #DevilInABlueDress, the moody period noir set among the nightspots of the Los Angeles entertainment district on Central Avenue and the Malibu Pier to the inevitable Griffith Observatory bit.ly/2CEax11
#TheKidsAreAllRight features peak L.A. scenes: Mark Ruffalo’s urban farm where he’s just “keeping it simple, local,” his Echo Park house and his trendy (faux) restaurant in Cypress Park, complete with wooden spool tables bit.ly/2CEax11
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