Creator: Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson (more commonly known as P.T. Anderson), is an American filmmaker who has written and directed seven films, including Boogie Nights
, Punch-Drunk Love
and There Will Be Blood
Anderson has been said to belong to the "VCR Generation" of filmmakers, grouped with directors such as Quentin Tarantino
, Richard Linklater
and Kevin Smith
, and described as filmmakers whose careers were founded not upon film school training, but from an enthusiastic love of movies.
If Robert Altman
and Martin Scorsese
had made sweet, passionate love
and Stanley Kubrick
was the godfather, P.T. Anderson would have been the fruit of their priapic loins
Awful mental pictures aside, his real father was comedian and voiceover artist Ernie Anderson, aka Ghoulardi
. His life partner is Maya Rudolph
, and they have four children together.
Also known for working with composers named after some variation of "John".
Not to be confused with Paul W.S. Anderson
, although both have gone by merely Paul Anderson before, or with science fiction author Po
P.T. Anderson and his movies provide examples of:
- All Men Are Perverts: Sexual voyeurism in Boogie Nights, a call to a phone sex line in Punch-Drunk Love, etc. But The Master, with its severely sex-addicted main character, takes the cake.
- Angrish: Characters often get so flustered that they resort to inarticulate yelling.
- Auteur License: Gained one after Boogie Nights and kept it ever since.
- Berserk Button: Apparently Cancer jokes are this, with him saying that David Fincher should've gotten cancer simply for the jokes about it in Fight Club.
- Black Comedy: We're talking no-light-escaping, blacker-than-death comedy.
- Church of Happyology: His film The Master sounds suspiciously like a Happyology concept: A "charismatic intellectual" starts a religion in the 1950s.
- Creator Backlash: In the commentary for it, he regards his first movie, Hard Eight with a mixture of dread and contempt, calling it by it's original title, ''Sydney'' and talking about the Executive Meddling it faced.
- Creator Provincialism: Tends to set his movies in his childhood home of the San Fernando Valley.
- Creator Thumbprint: Tends to reference the Book of Exodus with the Plague of Frogs note in Magnolia and the origin of There Will Be Blood. note
- Dysfunction Junction: The majority of his characters aren't exactly emotionally stable.
- Epic Tracking Shot
- The Film of the Book
- Humans Are Bastards
- Lighter and Softer: Inherent Vice has a more comedic tone to it than his other movies, and Anderson said in interviews that he was inspired by Zucker Abrahams and Zucker movies.
- Mood Whiplash: It doesn't matter what the first half of the film was like; once you reach the midpoint of the film, all bets are off. P.T. Anderson is fond of what he describes as "gearshift movies."
- No Ending / Gainax Ending: All his films from Magnolia onwards have had one or both endings.
- Pop-Star Composer: Aimee Mann, Jon Brion and Jonny Greenwood have provided scores for his films.
- Prima Donna Director: Admitted that some power went to his head during the post-production of Magnolia, where he frequently got into arguments with producer/distributor New Line Cinema on how to market the film and leaving Fight Club after a half-hour and saying David Fincher should get cancer simply because he made cancer jokes. He's thankfully mellowed since then. note
- Production Posse: Usual suspects include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzman, and Philip Baker Hall. Hoffman has been in every P.T.A. movie except There Will Be Blood. Robert Elswit whas been the cinematographer for all of them except The Master.
- Scenery Porn: Especially There Will Be Blood and The Master. There's a reason that the former won Best Cinematography.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: On the cynical side from the word "go".
- Smash to Black
- Soundtrack Dissonance: A perfect example would be near the end of There Will Be Blood in which, after Daniel kills Eli and announces that he's "finished". What plays right before we get to the credits? This.
- Throw It In