16mm, color, 76 min
Keywords: Comedy, Films about Film, Media
A mixed detective fiction and essay about Los Angeles, Hollywood and the film industry, Angel City is a comedy with serious intentions.
"Jost's outsider is Frank Goya, a guy with a red shirt, a far-fucking-out-in-the-morning-man delivery, and a fist full of Polaroid snapshots. Ever-cool Goya peers into the camera, announces that he's a motel-haunting divorce-dick and from then on Angel City is kabuki Raymond Chandler. Hired by the chairman of the world's largest multi-national conglomerate to investigate the death of his wife (a former Plaything centerfold who only "came after you hit her") Goya drives around LA, interviews a bartender, is seduced by the chairman's mistress, solves the case, and gets beat up for his bother." -- Hoberman, Village Voice
"Rarely has the city been used to such effect as in Angel City, a 1976 film made by the 34 year old experimental filmmaker Jon Jost. Jost woks light-years away from the movie mainstream but he clearly knows the Hollywood standards which he mocks so mercilessly in this brightly funny and extremely inventive film made for a phenomenal $6,000." -- Martha DuBose, Sydney Morning Herald
"A really joyous endeavor, a blithe attempt to trash on some of our most revered institutions. As such it combines the best and sometimes the worst of Godardian political analysis, bourgeois detective stories, Sixties mind-funk, and an homage to Hollywood. It's weird, smart-ass, and totally irreverent. It's also one of the best $6,000 investments I can possibly think of, an is proof positive that some of our most exciting cinema is being put together by the people in the streets, not in the Bel Air mansions where the Hollywood honchos live. Thank God for Jon Jost and his ilk, because they're keeping the art of cinema alive and well." -- Philadelphia Drummer
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