Thom Andersen (born 1943, Chicago) is a filmmaker, film critic, and teacher. He currently teaches film theory and history at the California Institute of the Arts, and has previously taught at the SUNY Buffalo and Ohio State University. In the early 60’s, he studied film at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has also been the programmer for LA Filmforum in Los Angeles during the late 90’s. His more recent work, including Los Angeles Plays Itself, has taken its cues from Formalism. Los Angeles Plays Itself won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
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At barely an hour in length there's a lot to take in . Andersen's reflections include biographical insights to the sometimes obsessive nature of this work and film theory exploring the relationship between Muybride's technological advancements and his work's capacity to enlighten on an almost philosophical level. One of the best essay on film. Masterpiece.