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In "Her," the L.A. of the Future Speaks to Some of Today's Anxieties

In his latest film, “Her,” Spike Jonze presents a one-of-a-kind vision of L.A.'s future.
January 20, 2014, 9am PST | Anna Bergren Miller | @abergrenmiller
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Unlike other filmmakers, Jonze neither indulges in what one music critic has coined “Retromania,” nor does he imagine a uniformly dystopian or utopian future. Instead, writes Christopher Hawthorne, he finds a thought-provoking middle ground.

Jonze drew on two sources to create the Los Angeles seen in “Her”: first, he digitally altered the city’s existing skyline, with input from architect Elizabeth Diller. Second, he shot more than a few scenes in Shanghai.

“Filming in Shangai . . .  allows him to capture something significant about the character, and the anxieties, of contemporary L.A.,” Hawthorne writes. “This is a city caught in limbo between two very different kinds of urbanism:  between its private and car-dominated past and denser, more public and more connected future.”

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Published on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles Times
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