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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 1: Greenberg and Baumbach at Musso & Frank
Slide 2: L.A. for Hollywood
Slide 3: L.A. for Native Americans
Slide 4: L.A. for Silent Filmmakers
Slide 5:  L.A. for Californios
Slide 6: L.A. for the Muralists
Slide 7:  L.A. against the Communist Muralists
Slide 8: L.A. for the Muralists Again
Slide 9: L.A. for the Hard-Boiled
Slide 10: L.A. of the Film Noir
Slide 11: L.A. of the Cynics
Slide 12: L.A. of the Desperate
Slide 13: L.A. for the Dreamers
Slide 14: L.A. for the Modernists
Slide 15: L.A. for the Doers
Slide 16: L.A. for the Hustlers
Slide 17: L.A. of the Painters
Slide 18: L.A. of the Logo
Slide 19:  L.A. of the new Artists
Slide 20: L.A. of the Mexican-American Writers
Slide 21: L.A. of the Singer/Songwriters
Slide 22:  L.A. of Lowlifes
Slide 23: L.A. of the Essay Writers
Slide 24: L.A. of Gay Detectives
Slide 25: L.A. for Rock ’n’ Rollers
Slide 26: L.A. of the Privileged
Slide 27: L.A. of the Cholos
Slide 28: L.A. of the Gangstas
Slide 29: L.A. for the children of the rich and famous
Slide 30: L.A. for the children of the rich and famous, Part 2
Slide 2: L.A. for Hollywood

Slide 2: L.A. for Hollywood

Baumbach isn’t the first director to make a movie set in Los Angeles. In fact, the City of Angels stars in more films than any other, a fact that can be chalked up to hometown advantage. Between 2000 and 2010, Los Angeles provided the set for 146 films.

Rupert Hughes’ Souls for Sale (1923), one of the first films set in Los Angeles, was famous for its aerial shots of the city. It was also one of the first films to capitalize on the public’s newfound fascination with the film industry. In this Hollywood tale, Robina Teele (Mae Busch) is injured when a spotlight falls on her, giving extra Remember “Mem” Steddon (Eleanor Boardman, in her first staring role) a chance at fame and fortune.

Yet filmmakers, actors and make-up persons are not the only artists who live in L.A. Over the decades, writers, painters, photographers, musicians and designers have all called Los Angeles home. Here are 23 Los Angeles artists who through their work have created another lens through which to view art, their city and life itself.