Since the birth of Hollywood, film and LA have been inextricably intertwined, and there are seemingly innumerable movies set in Los Angeles. This beautiful relationship began when the first studio opened up in 1911, situated on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street. It’s not hard to see why the industry settled in this town of perpetual sun and sandy beaches. Los Angeles has attracted everyone from hometown directors like Steven Spielberg to foreign auteurs like Nicolas Winding Refn, who desire its palm-lined boulevards and gritty cityscape to help tell their stories. Over the years, the city has doubled for New York, Ireland, and Japan, but Los Angeles is best when cast as itself.
So, get the popcorn ready for our five favourite movies set in Los Angeles. They’re sure to put you in an L.A. state of mind…
This oft-forgotten Robert Altman film sees Raymond Chandler’s favourite noir character Philip Marlowe alive in 1970s Los Angeles. Elliot Gould plays the hardboiled detective’s culture shock at the free love era to perfection. Whether it’s his yoga loving neighbours at his Hollywood Hills apartment, the famous Hightower Building, or his clients living in the artist enclave of Malibu Colony, Long Goodbye is a perfect postcard of the time.
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Written by Lauren Garroni
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About the author: LaurenLauren Garroni
Lauren Garroni is a freelance writer and founder of the blog TheBreathless (www.thebreathless.com). Born on the East Coast and raised on the West Coast, she currently calls Laurel Canyon her home. When not participating in such Los Angeles clichés as hiking and Pilates, she can be found scouring flea markets for the perfect coffee table.