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P.T. Anderson (1970 - )


Paul Thomas Anderson (born January 1, 1970 in Studio City, California,USA) is an American filmmaker.

He is best known for making works with ensemble casts and complex storylines. He is part of the first generation of "VCR filmmakers" - directors who, through seeing thousands of films on video, have an encyclopedic knowledge of technique and cultural references. He is also the son of voice actor Ernie Anderson.

Philip Seymour Hoffman has appeared in all four of Anderson's features. Other actors with multiple appearances in Anderson films include Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzmán, Ricky Jay, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Melora Walters and the late Robert Ridgely. His three big-budget films (after Hard Eight) were headlined by Burt Reynolds, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, respectively. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Thomas_Anderson [Feb 2005]

Films P.T. has recommended

  • Network (1976), written by Paddy Chayefsky; Anderson is shown screening it for Magnolia crew members on that film's DVD.
  • Dancer In The Dark (2000), written/directed by Lars von Trier. (Source: message board interview)

    Recommendations given to the fan site Cigarettes and Coffee (http://www.ptanderson.com/):

  • City Lights (1931), written/directed by Charlie Chaplin
  • Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953) and Mon Oncle (1958), both written/directed by Jacques Tati
  • Meet the Parents (2000), directed by Jay Roach
  • Putney Swope (1969), directed/written by Robert Downey Sr.
  • Dark Star (1974), directed by John Carpenter
  • Nashville (1975), directed by Robert Altman
  • Sweet and Lowdown (1999), written/directed by Woody Allen --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Thomas_Anderson [Feb 2005]

    Magnolia (1999) - P.T. Anderson

      Magnolia (1999) - P.T. Anderson [Amazon.com]
      This third feature from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) is a maddening, magnificent piece of filmmaking, and it's an ensemble film to rank with the best of Robert Altman--every little piece of the film means something, and it's solidly there for a reason. Deftly juggling a breathtaking ensemble of actors, Anderson crafts a tale of neglectful parents, resentful children, and love-starved souls that's amazing in scope, both thematically and emotionally. Part of the charge of Magnolia is seeing exactly how may characters Anderson can juggle, and can he keep all those balls in air (indeed he can, even if it means throwing frogs into the mix). And it's been far too long since we've seen a filmmaker whose love of making movies is so purely joyful, and this electric energy is reflected in the actors, from Cruise's revelatory performance to Reilly's quietly powerful turn as the moral center of the story. While at three hours it's definitely not suited to everyone's taste, Magnolia is a compelling, heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful mediation on the accidents of chance that make up our lives. Featuring eight wonderful songs by Aimee Mann, including "Save Me." --Mark Englehart

    Boogie Nights (1997) - Paul Thomas Anderson

      Even if the notorious 1970s porn-filmmaking milieu doesn't exactly turn you on, don't let it turn you off to this movie's extraordinary virtues, either. Boogie Nights is one of the key movies of the 1990s, and among the most ambitious and exuberantly alive American movies in years. It's also the breakthrough for an amazing new director, whose dazzling kaleidoscopic style here recalls the Robert Altman of Nashville and the Martin Scorsese of GoodFellas. Although loosely based on the sleazy life and times of real-life porn legend John Holmes, at heart it's a classic Hollywood rise-and-fall fable: a naive, good-looking young busboy is discovered in a San Fernando Valley disco by a famous motion picture producer, becomes a hotshot movie star, lives the high life, and then loses everything when he gets too big for his britches, succumbs to insobriety, and is left behind by new times and new technology. Of course, it ain't exactly A Star Is Born or Singin' in the Rain. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (in only his second feature!) puts his own affectionately sardonic twist on the old showbiz biopic formula: the ambitious upstart changes his name and achieves stardom in porno films as "Dirk Diggler." Instead of drinking to excess, he snorts cocaine (the classic drug of '70s hedonism); and it's the coming of home video (rather than talkies) that helps to dash his big-screen dreams. As for the britches ... well, the controversial "money shot" explains everything. And the cast is one of the great ensembles of the '90s, including Oscar nominees Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg (who really can act--from the waist up, too!), Heather Graham (as Rollergirl), William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Ricky Jay. DVD extras include nine deleted scenes and a commentary track from Anderson. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com, Boogie Nights (1997) - Paul Thomas Anderson [Amazon.com]

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