Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thom Andersen, Fred Halsted, Floyd Mutrux

The title of Andersen's film-essay Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) is borrowed from Fred Halsted's gay porn classic L.A. Plays Itself (1972).

Andersen is also, unsurprisingly, a fan of Floyd Mutrux's Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971), which, like Demy's Model Shop (see below), has some remarkable street photography. Mutrux did some great work in the 70s, both as director -- Aloha Bobby and Rose (1975), American Hot Wax (1978) -- and as writer on Two Lane Blacktop (1971) and The Christian Licorice Store (1971).