Cinema: Lost Angeles

WELCOME TO L.A.

Directed and Written by ALAN RUDOLPH

Despite a few missteps, this movie marks the most promising debut of a young American director in too long a time. Full of sly insights about the inhabitants of the great city on the Fault, Welcome to L.A. is a chilly, funny assessment of life under the sun and near the edge.

Director-Writer Alan Rudolph, 32, is a protégé of Robert Altman. Rudolph worked on Nashville and wrote the screenplay of Buffalo Bill and the Indians; Altman is the producer of Welcome to L.A. There are pronounced...

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