Inspired by the first 150 pages of Upton Sinclair’s socially critical novel, “Oil!” and the biography of Californian oil magnate Edward L. Doheny (1856-1935), Paul Thomas Anderson’s film tells the story of Daniel Plainview, who sets off in search of silver in the west of America at the turn of the last century, finds oil instead, and within just a few years becomes an incredibly rich tycoon. Plainview’s rise to power is ruthless. Making use of his little son, H. W., he manages to persuade many farmers to relinquish mining rights on their own farmland. However, this eloquent self-made man is in danger of failing when it comes to Christian fundamentalist lay preacher Eli Sunday and his family.
With his 1997 film Boogie Nights, then-27-year-old director Paul Thomas Anderson took his place on the list of Hollywood wunderkinds. Boogie Nights was hailed by one critic as the first great film about the ‘70s to come out since the ’70s. Anderson was born in Studio City, California, on January 1, 1970. After a brief stint as an English major at Emerson College and an even shorter stint at the New York University Film School, Anderson began his career as a production assistant on various TV movies, videos, and game shows in Los Angeles and New York. In 1992, he made his short Cigarettes & Coffee, and after it was screened at the 1993 Sundance Festival, he made his first full-length feature, Sydney — retitled Hard Eight, which despite its ’A’ festival recognition went unnoticed by the audiences. Later on Anderson did Boogie Nights, which received three Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations,and was widely hailed as one of the best films of the year, if not the decade. His next film… read more
Blew me away, this is almost a perfect film. Day-Lewis was rock-solid and I personally found Dano to be expertly cast as well, although I seem to be in the minority here. The dialogue-barren opening sequence is absurdly powerful.
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This one surprisingly decided to come on tv and I immediately became fixated on the screen knowing all the hype this gets. Then the justification with all its craziness started flowing in, first with… read review
Three times is a charm and my esteem for this film has reached a pinnacle. Paul Thomas Anderson is truly a great director and “There Will Be Blood” is his finest achievement to date. He has captured… read review
There will be blood est un film monstrueux, difforme, sublime et repoussant. A l’image de Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) et de l’ouverture matricielle, sous-exposée, du film. Adapté de Oil! de… read review