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How accurate is this video? What French TV thought of Los Angeles in 1969



Screenshot: Anatomy of Los Angeles (1969) via YouTube

Narrated with cool pity as a cautionary tale for the future of European cities, a profile of Los Angeles was aired on French TV in 1969 offering a bleak closeup of abandoned armchairs by the beach, smoke-filled machinery, famous landmarks and signs for air-conditioned strip clubs. 

"A blue, flat city," Los Angeles is observed in captioned voiceover as an uncentered city "fractured into multiple working class areas that ignore each other," and inhabited "by individuals who live together but never meet."

You can guess how that thought ends.

[h/t Le Franco File blog and L.A. Mag's Elina Shatkin