As part of Movie City Los Angeles, key members of the creative team behind Focus Features’ forthcoming film Greenberg select their favorite movies set in the City of Angels.
The Day of the Locust
Homer Simpson and Karen Black?! I love this film because it depicts the boiling point I often reach when driving around LA for 500 miles during one week. That and the bright, sunny retina-melting glare of the LA sun. Dark? Yes. But not as dark or brilliant as Nathanael West.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Pure vindictive, self-absorbed malice and a bundle on the beach!
Art Direction, Set Decoration, Costumes, Cinematography, and Performance as Eye-Crack!
I love this film for depicting the underbelly of this city. Cruising through Skid Row at 4 or 5 in the morning on your way to the Flower Mart is a continual reminder of not only the mind-numbing degree at which wealth and massive poverty coexist in LA but what a privilege it is to be in this business...if you can keep your sanity.
Oh the darkness that lurks beneath the dewy veneer...With Pioneer Set Decorator Ruby Levitt.