Paul Thomas Anderson filmography

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Anderson in New York City on December 10, 2007

American director, screenwriter, and producer Paul Thomas Anderson has directed eight feature-length films, five short films, sixteen music videos, one documentary, one television episode as a guest segment director, and one theatrical play. He made his directorial debut with the mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story (1988), at the age of 18, about a pornographic actor in the 1970s.[1] Anderson followed it five years later with another short film, Cigarettes & Coffee in 1993. In 1996, Anderson wrote and directed the neo-noir crime thriller Hard Eight, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was well received.[2][3] Using the basis of The Dirk Diggler Story, Anderson wrote and directed an expansion of the film, Boogie Nights, in 1997.[4] The film starred Mark Wahlberg as Eddie Adams/"Dirk Diggler" during the Golden Age of Porn in the 1970s and his eventual downfall in the 1980s. Boogie Nights received acclaim from critics and was a commercial success;[1] at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore) and Best Original Screenplay.[5]

His 1999 ensemble piece Magnolia followed four intertwined and peculiar stories in the San Fernando Valley.[6] The film was another critical success for Anderson and at the 72nd Academy Awards, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Cruise), Best Original Song for "Save Me" by Aimee Mann and Best Original Screenplay.[7] Three years later, he directed the romantic comedy-drama Punch-Drunk Love (2002), starring Adam Sandler as a man with seven overbearing sisters who suffers from anger issues.[8] After a five-year absence, he directed the epic historical drama There Will Be Blood (2007), inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! The critically acclaimed film won numerous awards including Best Actor for star Daniel Day-Lewis at the Academy Awards. It was also nominated for seven Academy Awards.[9] In 2012, he directed the drama The Master starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film's fictional movement "The Cause" was widely compared to the real-life religion of Scientology in the media, despite not directly referencing it.[10][11]

Anderson adapted Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice into a film of the same name in 2014. Joaquin Phoenix starred in the film as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a stoner hippie and private investigator investigating a case involving the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her wealthy boyfriend.[12] In 2015, he directed the documentary Junun about the making of album of the same name in Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India by the Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, English composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Indian ensemble the Rajasthan Express, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.[13] Phantom Thread (2017), starred Day-Lewis as a renowned dressmaker in the 1950s. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards. Anderson has also directed music videos for such artists as Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Joanna Newsom, and Radiohead.[14]

Feature films[edit]

Title Year Credited as Budget Box office Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer USD$
Hard Eight 1996 Yes Yes 3,000,000 222,559 [15]
[16]
Boogie Nights 1997 Yes Yes Yes 15,000,000 43,101,594 [17]
[18]
Magnolia 1999 Yes Yes Yes 37,000,000 48,451,803 Cameo: Man confiscating sign [19]
[20]
Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Yes Yes Yes 25,000,000 24,665,649 [21]
[22]
There Will Be Blood 2007 Yes Yes Yes 25,000,000 76,181,545 [23]
[24]
The Master 2012 Yes Yes Yes 32,000,000 28,258,060 [25]
[26]
[27]
[28]
Inherent Vice 2014 Yes Yes Yes 20,000,000 14,710,975 [29]
[30]
[31]
Phantom Thread 2017 Yes Yes Yes 35,000,000 44,523,275 [32]
[33]

Documentaries[edit]

Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer
Junun 2015 Yes Also camera operator [34]
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh 2018 Stand-up special
Filmed segments
[35]

Short films[edit]

Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer
The Dirk Diggler Story 1988 Yes Yes Also cinematographer [36]
Cigarettes & Coffee 1993 Yes Yes [36]
Flagpole Special 1998 Yes Yes [37]
Couch 2002 Yes Yes [36]
Back Beyond 2013 Yes Yes Compilation of deleted scenes from The Master [38]
Valentine 2017 Yes Features three Haim performances [39]
Anima 2019 Yes Features three Thom Yorke songs [40]

Television[edit]

Title Year Credited as Network Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer
The Jon Brion Show 2000 Yes VH1 Variety show
Unaired pilot
[41]
Saturday Night Live 2000 Yes Yes NBC Episode: "Ben Affleck/Fiona Apple"
Segment: "SNL FANatic"
[42]
Documentary Now! 2016 IFC Voice role: Harrison Renzi
Episode: "Final Transmission"
[43]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Performer(s) Notes Ref(s)
"Try" 1997 Michael Penn [14]
"Across the Universe" 1998 Fiona Apple [14]
"Fast as You Can" [14]
"Save Me" 1999 Aimee Mann [14]
"Limp" 2000 Fiona Apple [14]
"Paper Bag" [14]
"Here We Go" 2002 Jon Brion [14]
"Hot Knife" 2013 Fiona Apple [14]
"Sapokanikan" 2015 Joanna Newsom [14]
"Divers" [14]
"Daydreaming" 2016 Radiohead [14]
"Present Tense" Live video [44]
"The Numbers" [45]
"Right Now" 2017 Haim [46]
"Valentine" [47]
"Little of Your Love" [48]
"Night So Long" 2018 Live video [49]
"Summer Girl" 2019 [50]
"Now I'm in it" [51]

Theatrical plays[edit]

Title Year Credited as Venue Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer
Untitled Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play 2008 Yes Yes Largo Theatre Single performance [52]

References[edit]

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