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Greenberg Cast & Crew Share Their Favorite LA Films

Favorite Films About Los Angeles

Greenberg Cast & Crew Share Their Favorite LA Films

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.

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Mark Bridges's Five Favorite Films
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Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece that portrays the Los Angeles of the 1970’s San Fernando Valley as a city of big dreams, big parties, and big hangovers. A fond remembrance of things past with a lot of heart. I was the costume designer of the film and many of Dirk’s fashion choices were autobiographical. But ONLY the fashion….

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The Graduate

Like Greenberg, the film explores the idea of the Los Angeles home as a haven and the culture of the swimming pool. The stunning visuals are like a Hockney painting come to life.

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The Grifters

Director Stephen Frears’ Los Angeles reads as a slightly seedy metropolis with busy people with business to do and people to scam. When the characters do come out of their holes there is sunshine, but not a beach, bathing suit or Hawaiian shirt in sight. (This film is special to me because it brought me to Hollywood from New York twenty years ago to be Assistant Costume Designer to Designer Richard Hornung.)

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Los Angeles Plays Itself

Not readily available but nonetheless fascinating, this documentary from scholar/film fanatic Thom Andersen is about Los Angeles as “the most photographed city in the world” and how that has been used in film. Sometimes shown at the Egyptian just getting a taste of it on YouTube will leave you begging for more.

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Model Shop

An unusual film with Anouk Aimée, this 1969 film from French director Jacques Demy is fun to watch to see how far this town has come in the last forty years. Los Angeles comes off as another planet; it is a one-story-high town with pumping oil derricks, pool halls, hippies and a trippy place called a model shop where guys pay to take pictures of girls with their clothes ON! Look for a brief shot of a rural Beverly Blvd. and La Cienega before the Beverly Center.

Mark Bridges
Mark Bridges
Mark Bridges

Mark Bridges was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Stony Brook University before gaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After apprenticing with costume designer (and frequent Coen brothers collaborator) Richard Hornung. In 1995, Bridges started working as Paul Thomas Anderson’s costume on Hard Eight, and has collaborated with the writer-director on all of his subsequent movies,  Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood. Bridges’ work can also be seen in Ted Demme’s Blow (for which he received a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination), Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile, and Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

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