Reader Evan let us know last week that the documentary Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles is now on Google Video. Reyner, and his beard, explore Los Angeles architecture in a full 52 minutes of early-70s BBC glory.
Who was Reyner Banham and why should you care? Well, he was “the first critic who loved Los Angeles for what she was,” and a major influence on the tour guides from Esotouric. Kim, Nathan and Richard all studied under Professor Banham at UCSC, and he became a profound influence for them. In turn, they have gone on to start a tour company that continues that love affair with the city. Reyner Banham is still with us – or rather, he will be in September when the Esotouric bus rolls out the Architecture Tour.
I was lucky enough to be on the first Esotouric press run, and experience a “sampler” of what’s to come on the bus. I still owe you, my loyal b.la readers, a writeup. But this post is about watching fifty-two minutes of Los Angeles in some of its most confused years. Go forth, and check out the Reyner Banham Experience