Along with other films in the early seventies, like Deep Throat or Boys in the Sand, L.A. Plays Itself is a formal erotic adventure without the stereotypes that later came to the fore in pornographic cinema, at the same time making homosexual pornography accessible to heterosexual viewers. With an approach close to the proposals of experimental film, Halsted places sexual encounters on the same level as suburban landscapes and social reflections. All of these elements interact irremediably, in such a way that one cannot be understood without the other. Even interior spaces, without us realising at first glance or being able to avoid it, exert the violence of the everyday.
Sex Garage, 1972, 35 min; L.A. Plays Itself, 1972, 51 min.
Video screening. 18 years and over.
Thanks to: William E. Jones.