Paul Thomas Anderson’s films – an introduction

From Boogie Nights to Licorice Pizza, writer director Paul Thomas Anderson has developed a strong line of comedies in serious clothing.
Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza

Ari Mattes, University of Notre Dame Australia

After successfully shooting the opening sequence of Boogie Nights – an elaborate steadicam shot in which the camera tracks into and around a night club, introducing the title, setting and all of the main characters of the film – young writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson enthusiastically showed it to the ageing star of the film, Burt Reynolds.

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