Shot with an underground art aesthetic of dramatic shadows and non-synchronous sound, Fred Halsted’s LA Plays Itself, about two sexual drifters, captured the raw underbelly of 1970s LA as few films ever have.
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As one of the first gay porn films ever made, this seems to be less about deconstruction than it is about an alternative route. Very few adult films are as incomprehensible and avant-garde as this one, yet it remains arousing by focussing on areas apart from the traditional (close-ups on stomachs, thighs, butts) and through juxtaposing the fucking with the landscapes. Absolutely fascinating.