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18 April 2020

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 249th in our series of Saturday matinees today: A Shimmering Light.

Amid the flood of quarantine projects, we found this 1:38 black-and-white video of Los Angeles like you've never seen it by Colin Rich.

"Such a beautiful day," sing the lyrics accompanying the haunting melody by Patrick Watson called Look at You.

But what Rich says himself about this portrait of his city under duress says everything you need to know:

It's raining here again. Day 24 of quarantine in Los Angeles after the city was hit with Covid-19. I'm sitting here trying to find some words to write about our current situation and I don't think I have anything to write that hasn't been said a million times already.

My job isn't to make a PSA and bash you over the head with phrases like "Stay at home," "Flatten the Curve" or "Isn't the air quality amazing?" or any of those daily reminders of a world turned upside down over the course of a month. I'm not that guy.

The only thing I can say from what I have seen is that we all have an amazing innate ability to muster collectively to "do what needs to be done" and that is both the most beautiful and the most dangerous thing humans can do.

San Franciscans, who are at the moment enjoying the little-noted fact that the Dodgers haven't won a game all month while the Giants have yet to lose, are not known for their admiration of Los Angeles.

But in Watson's video, Los Angeles takes on a certain undeniable charm even for us. We are all in this together, after all.


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