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Reply #1680 on: September 13, 2019, 09:46:35 AM
'An account of how insane we once were' Ė Paul Thomas Anderson on There Will Be Blood
The director explains why he wonít quibble with his film being named best of the century Ė but what makes it really great is Daniel Day-Lewis

Do you think itís the best film of the century so far?
Who am I to argue? Iíll take it. Itís bragging rights for sure and I donít take it lightly. But, of course, I could rattle off a long list of great films from this century Ö that isnít hard to do.

Is there a competition in you to care about such things?
I suppose if it was second-best film of the century my first question would have been, ďWhatís No 1?Ē Itís very possible by the end of this year it could slip off the list entirely.

Is it the same film you would make today? Do you rewatch it?
I havenít seen it in a number of years, but last I saw it I was very proud and satisfied. It was the first time Iíd seen it where I had forgotten exactly what was going to happen next Ė and that was a wonderful experience. Having made something, itís very hard to get back to that sense of discovery. Everything really seems to fit together about it Ė the performances, the music, the landscape and the story, all the strands within the larger film, especially the theme of father and son Ė all work in unison. Itís also very robust, which I like. I know, as I think we all do, that what makes it really great is Daniel Day-Lewis.

Which moment or line makes you laugh most?
Everything Daniel does makes me giggle with pleasure and joy. His inventiveness, his devilishness, the joy he has in making such a maniacal portrait of a man unhinged. He has a great chemistry with Paul Dano.

Do you place more faith in capitalism or religion?
Well Ö Iím kind of equal opportunity confused and rooting for the best sides of both.

Do you get sick of the milkshake memes?
Nah. Too much is never enough.

Do you think the film feels like a yet more urgent prophecy today? Of bleeding the Earth dry, of allowing greed to triumph over human relations?
Unfortunately, this story doesnít seem to be going out of style any time soon. It would be nice to see it as science fiction one day. Or an account of how truly insane we all once were.

Donald Trump recently declined to quote any Bible verse he likes. Are there any the film refers to you think may speak to him specifically? Might The Art of the Deal make for an alternative title to There Will Be Blood?
I like all the quotes in the Bible, Old and New Testament, and yíknow, itís very private, Iím not gonna get into it Ö [WEARY FACE EMOJI] I canít quote the Bible from off the top of my head, I have to go rummage around like everyone else. Or, as Plainview says: ďI like all religions. I like them all. I donít belong to one church in particular.Ē


It was good up until the Trump question.


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Reply #1681 on: September 13, 2019, 10:51:44 AM
Great sidestepping, though. Why not ask how his next project is coming along? Same with that Anima Variety interview. I know he wouldn't give much away but still.


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Reply #1682 on: September 13, 2019, 03:16:50 PM
I love it when an interviewer asks Paul a question that he doesn't really want to answer. Watching him deflect is pretty amusing.


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Reply #1683 on: September 13, 2019, 04:37:11 PM
CMBB as the best film of the 21st century has such a ring of obviousness to it though... I mean, I wouldn't even rank it as PTA's best from this century (probably third or maybe even fourth if we're being honest).


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Reply #1684 on: September 13, 2019, 07:20:45 PM
I like how he shouted out that deleted scene in his last answer.

I always liked Day-Lewisí delivery of that line. I remember wondering a long time ago why it was left out of the film...I suppose it doesnít tell us anything new about the characters, but thatís not necessarily a reason to delete a scene.


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Reply #1685 on: September 13, 2019, 08:47:19 PM
Which deleted scene are you referring to? That line is in the final film.


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Reply #1686 on: September 13, 2019, 09:46:50 PM
Sorry about that. I mixed the two things up somehow.

For some reason I read it and immediately flashed back to that deleted campfire scene where it's Plainview, H.W., Eli and Abel. Where Plainview says, "Our church? Our church is called the Church of the World." (Just rewatched it now)


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Reply #1687 on: September 14, 2019, 11:26:19 AM
Ah yes. That scene is in one of the trailers, I believe. Seems this didn't have quite the mountain of scrapped material as Master or Vice.


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Reply #1688 on: November 10, 2019, 11:11:46 AM
Make Me a Star (1932).


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Reply #1689 on: January 16, 2020, 03:12:46 PM
I recently watched The Last Jedi for the first time. It feels kind of weird doing this for a Star Wars movie but I saw it late myself so, yeah, spoilers for the beginning of the movie ahead.

Before Rose's sister sacrifices herself, there's this shot of her falling from a ladder that reminded me of Plainview falling from the ladder at the beginning of TWBB. Just like Rose's sister, he falls toward the camera. (It's a more extended thing in The Last Jedi, so the style of the shots aren't identical or anything)

Anyway, I know this seems like the inevitable way to frame that action...but I also think Rian Johnson borrowed it from PTA? Also, I'm just curious if anyone here knows of any other movies that feature this type of shot (before or after TWBB).

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Reply #1690 on: January 16, 2020, 05:12:44 PM
You're totally right. That never occurred to me.

I bet there are shots like that in Lost, with the number of hatches and ladders involved.
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Reply #1691 on: February 03, 2020, 10:42:55 PM
A bit obvious, perhaps, but interesting nonetheless.   I've always loved how fight scenes in PTA films feel so authentic and non-choreographed.  (I guess I'm thinking specifically of TWBB and The Master.)


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Reply #1692 on: June 24, 2021, 11:20:53 AM