BONUS EPISODE: Probably no director has achieved as much while disregarding the pull of narrative conventions as Paul Thomas Anderson. In his career, which ranges from the budgetary modesty and realization of tension of Hard Eight to the larger than life sweep of There Will Be Blood and his newest, The Master, Anderson has put ensemble casts to a kind of rigor and demand that few filmmakers could ever conceive, let alone deliver. Recorded as part of Film Independent at LACMA's "An Evening with . . . " series, the following conversation took place after a double feature of two war documentaries by John Huston: San Pietro (1945) and Let There Be Light (1946).
This conversation was recorded courtesy of Film Independent at LACMA.