Los Angeles Plays Itself is one of the most fascinating documentaries about LA and film-making, and starting today, it's available to stream on Netflix.


Thom Andersen's beloved documentary is a thorough media study, a meditation, a and an encyclopedic clip show highlighting L.A.'s most memorable roles, from Chinatown to L.A. Confidential to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Before this year, the documentary languished in copyright limbo, unavailable to buy or stream. The film was passed around among cinephiles and played regularly at screenings in art house theatres, but this kind of wide distribution means the decade-old film is getting a new life.


Welcome to Movie Night, where Gizmodo staffers tell you what you should be streaming tonight.

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