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Vintage Video: The Most Depressing Take on L.A. Ever

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This may go down as one of the most depressing glimpses of Los Angeles, ever. It comes courtesy a 3-minute French film that combines sad music with bleak footage and prose as purple as a throbbing bruise. They even manage to make the Hollywood Bowl seem sad and lonely.

L.A. in 1970 was an "urban laboratory" that foreshadowed the sadness of suburban sprawl in global cities. Joy was only to be found in the air conditioned escape of nudie bars. Though we claimed to be the city of the future, we were really more about simultaneously living in and destroying our past. And the people, well, they're all fakers, who change their identities like an actor changes roles, and never interact with each other. Of course, what can you expect from a city with no center?

Maybe the French were still pissed at us for giving them Jerry Lewis.

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