ABSTRACT

Los Angeles, of course, has long been a center of attention for urbanists as well as for scholars of urban planning and of cultural representations of the city. It has been the subject of innumerable studies, the locale for countless novels, documentary films, and particularly of countless feature films.1 However, one of the most impressive attempts to render the complexities of twentieth-century Los Angeles, which does justice to these complexities by means of a highly self-conscious form of presenting a wealth of material, is Norman M. Klein’s multimedia docufiction Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles 1920-1986. It combines a 37-page

novella by Klein with a multimedia documentary DVD2 based on Klein’s research on twentieth-century Los Angeles.