In Film Dissection #60 we take a look at the philosophy found within the works of Paul Thomas Anderson.
Since Paul Thomas Anderson first sprung onto the film scene he has gained attention for his masterful film craft, attention to detail, and stories that can speak to everyone. His movies look at life from the perspective of a protagonist unsure about his purpose in life. Each movie on its own explores this, but collectively, a new message appears. In this analysis, we break down what his work says about the meaning of life. If you're not familiar with his work, I highly recommend it, he is a great filmmaker, and has made some of the best movies of the past two decades.
For further reading, I recommend:
Paul Thomas Anderson (Contemporary Film Directors) By George Toles
Blossoms and Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson By Jason Sperb
WTF Podcast With Mark Maron-With Paul Thomas Anderson
On Story: 414 Jonathan Demme and Paul Thomas Anderson: A Conversation
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Hard Eight. Anderson. The Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996.
Boogie Nights. Anderson. New Line Cinema, 1997.
Magnolia. Anderson. New Line Cinema, 1999.
Punch Drunk Love. Anderson. Columbia Pictures, 2002.
There Will Be Blood. Anderson. Miramax Films, 2007.
The Master. Anderson. The Weinstein Company, 2012.
Inherent Vice. Anderson. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2014.