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Paul Thomas Anderson

Visual Essay: Paul Thomas Anderson – Reflective Silence (2017)

With PHANTOM THREAD hitting theaters Christmas Day, Jacob T. Swinney thought now would be a good time to examine a less-discussed Paul Thomas Anderson technique. Though PTA made a name for himself with elaborate and technically complex filmmaking, one of his defining trademarks is a simple one – letting his camera linger on a silent character.

 

While many filmmakers rely on dialogue to convey poignancy or gravity, PTA allows his lens to absorb a character’s silence. They may be watching, they may be listening, or or they may be in utter shock, but the result is the same; we feel the moment. Here is a look at PTA’s lingering and reflective silence.

 

Films used:
HARD EIGHT
BOOGIE NIGHTS
MAGNOLIA
PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
THE MASTER
INHERENT VICE

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