Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now is unlike any other retrospective video you’ve ever seen, thanks to some perfect synchronization with the older footage on the part of the filmmakers.
Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now is a split-screen trek through the City of Angels. On the left side, you have the LA of 1946—you can almost see Philip Marlowe chasing bad guys through the street—and on the right is footage captured this year. This on its own is no big deal, but director Keven McAlester (not to be confused with the kid in Home Alone) has gone to great effort to find the same locations in the original footage, and replicate the trek taken by the camera as closely as possible, for an uncanny time-travel effect. There are even a couple of shots when, presumably due to coincidence, people seem to step from one time period to another before your eyes.
You have to watch Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now to really know what I mean, and you can do just that below. For more cool stuff from The New Yorker, check out its YouTube channel right here.
Here’s the video: