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'Inherent Vice' goes for Los Angeles as state of mind rather than destination
'Inherent Vice' goes for Los Angeles as state of mind rather than destination

Ask any member of Paul Thomas Anderson's design team about scouting locations for "Inherent Vice" and you'll get a story almost as meandering as the film's plot. Theirs was a journey that spanned several months and meant sorting through hundreds of locations, from San Pedro to Palmdale, from a forgotten Manhattan Beach shack to a hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant in Boyle Heights. It jumped from a vacant shopping mall in Baldwin Hills to an eccentric canyon hideaway in Agoura Hills to Ambassador College in Pasadena. And yet the finicky Anderson was still changing his mind up to the end of the shoot. He was trying to telegraph an ephemeral Los Angeles that is...

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