An analysis of the movie magnolia by paul thomas anderson

Leave logic at the door. Anderson, at this point only the director of seven feature films, is one such case.

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Is the film therefore defending itself against the way its lives are intertwined? The stories are intercut and unfold linearly.

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Magnolia is a sprawling, howling miasma of strangeness, and some may find incontinence and indiscipline in its sheer length and Anderson's love of bringing the soundtrack up to ear-bashing levels over the dialogue - particularly in the opening 10 to 15 minutes.

Anderson sees these people joined at a level below any possible knowledge, down where fate and destiny lie.

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But its application results in works that operate in a constructed literary sphere divorced from reality and the way people really communicate. Anderson ended up designing his own poster, cut together a trailer himself, [4] wrote the liner notes for the soundtrack album, and pushed to avoid hyping Cruise's presence in the film in favor of the ensemble cast. It will be an eventful day. They have been joined by their actions and their choices. We'll take a look right away. Did you find something inaccurate, misleading, abusive, or otherwise problematic in this essay example? Where do we go from here? All these characters are real, yet they live in a world not much like our own. For many, the movie seemed hamstrung by some irreconcilable contradictions: that a movie seemingly so narrowly trained on chaos and pain could find peace in simple truths, that a text framed by postmodernism and punctuated with ridiculous and surreal blasts could resolve itself with earnestness and convention. The old man mumbles in pain to his nurse that he truly loved his first wife and hates himself for cheating on her. And earlier that night, the cop has shamed himself by losing his gun and being unable to make an arrest. I suggest Paul Thomas Anderson copyrights and suppresses the whole horribly catchy idea the way anti-racist groups have bagged "hate. Indeed, the film feels like an attempt to capture the reality of being in love, not just the joy, but the panic, the anger, the sickness. It would be easy to make fun of the cop and hate the game-show host in a different movie, but Anderson seems to invest his love into them; he has not only seen these characters, but he understands them in a way Altman did not in Short Cuts.

I think it's a coincidence. According to the actress, "Linda doesn't know who she is or what she's feeling and can only try to explain it in the most vulgar terms possible".

An analysis of the movie magnolia by paul thomas anderson

Mackey, the character that Cruise would play in the film, was based in part on an audio-recording done in an engineering class taught by a friend that was given to Anderson. A boy will embarrass himself on a popular game show. The audience knows more about the characters from these seconds-long glimpses than they do about the major players in most movies when the closing credits roll. The longer trailer does many of the same things as the shorter version — it even contains one continuous, blurred swish pan featuring the character introductions of the teaser — but expands on them. Its original release was fumbled and precious few people saw it back then, though it did score a slot in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes. Today is the day of beginnings and endings, a day of life and death, trauma and pain, as well as love. Mann had songs on soundtracks before but never "utilized in such an integral way" she said in an interview. This trailer arguably has three storytellers: Paul Thomas Anderson the writer and director , Jay who plays a character in the movie but whose narrator is not that person, and whose narrator is distinct from Anderson , and Kurring a character. Cruise was interested but nervous about the role. Check out our Privacy and Content Sharing policies for more information. Anderson sees these people joined at a level below any possible knowledge, down where fate and destiny lie.

Why does he hate women instead of men? Frank is evidently a magnification of real life sex hucksters, but it cannot be long before someone starts Seduce and Destroy for real. To protect the anonymity of contributors, we've removed their names and personal information from the essays. Not at all.

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I have given enough to suggest the way the sins of the parents are visited on the children, how so many people lead lives of desperation, how a few try to help. When citing an essay from our library, you can use "Kibin" as the author. Earl is also attended by his young wife, Linda, played with raw anger and self-loathing by Julianne Moore. Their existences are distilled to this pitched level of pain and suffering and agony. The real magic, though, is the alchemy of mixing these two sides of Paul Thomas Anderson, and the amazing growth he showed between his first two pictures and the third. Anderson's film says that though these characters exist in a city with millions of other people, it is the other people that our lives intersect with, knowingly or unknowingly, that effect our lives. I find it a way to elevate the whole story into a larger realm of inexplicable but real behavior. Linda is experiencing a horrifying emotional about-face in her relations with Earl: she married him, lovelessly, for money but now realises she has actually fallen in love with him. The soundtrack album , released in December on Reprise Records , features the Mann songs, as well as a section of Jon Brion 's score and tracks by Supertramp and Gabrielle that were used in the film. The story that follows is just that type of story.
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