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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 12: L.A. of the Desperate
The Day of the Locust (1939), was based on the characters he met while living in a hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. It chronicles life in Hollywood of those on the fringe of the movie industry, as seen through the eyes of set designer Tod Hackett, who observes: “They were savage and bitter, especially the middle aged and the old, and they had been made so by boredom and disappointment. ... Where else should they go but California, the land of sunshine and oranges? Once there, they discover the sunshine isn’t enough. They get tired of oranges ... Their boredom becomes more and more terrible. They realize that they’ve been tricked and burn with resentment. Every day of their lives they read the newspapers and went to the movies. Both fed them on lynchings, murder, sex crimes, explosions, wrecks, love nests, fires, miracles, revolutions, wars. This daily diet made sophisticates of them. The sun is a joke. Oranges can’t titillate their jaded palates. Nothing can ever be violent enough to make taut their slack minds and bodies.”