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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paul Thomas Anderson (Director Spotlight)

From the debut of his short film Coffee and Cigarettes at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson firmly established himself as an auteur to watch. An ambitious film that focused on five characters interacting in a Las Vegas diner, Coffee and Cigarettes set the mold for his later films: multiple storylines, dazzling camerawork & a detailed emphasis on dialogue & character. Anderson was a brash & gutsy filmmaker who enjoyed tackling big themes – love, hope, family & redemption, all often combined in biblical fashion – while paradoxically allowing them to unfold intimately onscreen. Though his first feature-length movie, Hard Eight, failed to connect with most audiences & some critics, Anderson planted himself on the Hollywood map for good with Boogie Nights, a surprisingly affectionate look at the porn industry, as seen through the eyes of an eager & ambitious rising star. He followed this breakthrough success with the polarizing ensemble drama, Magnolia, and the wistful romantic drama, Punch Drunk Love, both of which underscored the fact that Anderson was at the top of his game. But with multi-Oscar nominated epic, There Will Be Blood, Anderson took a giant leap forward that planted him firmly in the company of Hollywood’s most elite filmmakers. Fans & Critics are awaiting his future film, The Master.

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Filmography List
List Info:
Coffee and Cigarettes
Boogie Nights
Punch Drunk Love
There Will be Blood
The Master


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