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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson featured in series at The Belcourt

Jan 04 2018
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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson featured in series at The Belcourt

By: Joe Nolan

In 2007, director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis teamed up to tell the origin stories of American oil and evangelism through their character study of a petrol pioneer named Daniel Plainview. There Will Be Blood is the best American film of the 21st Century, and it marks a milestone for this pairing of filmmaking geniuses. This month, Anderson and Day-Lewis return with their latest collaboration, Phantom Thread, a movie that Day-Lewis claims will be his last. Inspired by the new film, the Belcourt is offering a monthlong salute to Anderson and Day-Lewis’ works in a series called PTA/DDL. It kicked off on New Years Day with the first screening of There Will Be Blood and will run through January 22. 

 

There Will Be Blood

MONDAY JANUARY 1 

SUNDAY JANUARY  7 

This is a don’t-miss opportunity to see — and hear — There Will Be Blood in a big room on a big screen in 35mm. Robert Elswit’s timeless imaging, Johnny Greenwood’s ragamericana soundtrack and Day-Lewis’ volcanic performance all combine to create an instant classic that puts Anderson in the conversation with giants like Ford and Welles. 

 

Inherent Vice

MONDAY JANUARY 1 

WEDNESDAY JANUARY  10

Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel finds private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello out of his depth and searching for a missing woman in drug-fueled 1970 Los Angeles. Doc (a crispy-baked Joaquin Phoenix) and Inherent Vice’s audience soon realize that the plot and the film itself seem to be experiencing altered states of their own. This is postmodern pulp — a hallucination wrapped in a crime film. See also Once Upon a Time in America. 

 

Boogie Nights

MONDAY JANUARY 1 

THURSDAY JANUARY 4

Helming a knockout ensemble that includes Mark Wahlberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, Alfred Molina and Heather Graham as the unforgettable Rollergirl, this portrait of the 1970s and ‘80s Southern California porn scene is Anderson’s second-best study of lost souls struggling to find one another within the families they choose and the ones they don’t. I’m still bummed that Magnolia isn’t included in this series. 

 

Hard Eight

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 3

Hard Eight is a “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” tale about a journeyman gambler trying to teach a luckless loser how to win. Paul Thomas Anderson’s debut feature is a taut, intimate neo-noir that introduces audiences to the auteur’s love of place, people and the peculiarities of chance and choice.

 

My Beautiful Laundrette

SATURDAY JANUARY 6

SUNDAY JANUARY 7

In his breakthrough role, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a South London skinhead in this love story of two childhood pals from different worlds. My Beautiful Laundrette is required viewing for cinephiles interested in the British film boom of the 1980’s, and fans of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing will find that movie’s origins here. 

 

Phantom Thread 

OPENS FRIDAY JANUARY 12

Paul Thomas Anderson reunites with Daniel Day-Lewis to create this illuminating portrait of renowned dressmaker. Day-Lewis has announced that this will be his last film role. 

 

My Left Foot 

SATURDAY JANUARY 13

SUNDAY JANUARY 14

Daniel Day-Lewis won his first Academy Award for his role as Irish artist and author Christy Brown, a man born with cerebral palsy who learned to paint and write using his left foot. Day-Lewis is electric in My Beautiful Laundrette, and he bristles in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but My Left Foot was the first revelation of the actor’s facility for radical transformations.  Christy Brown, Bill the Butcher, Daniel Plainview and Abraham Lincoln are the reasons why the actor is already among the greatest of greats regardless of what he does next. 

 

The Last of the Mohicans

SATURDAY JANUARY 20

SUNDAY JANUARY 21 

A thinking man’s frontier adventure, Daniel Day-Lewis and the masterful Michael Mann teamed up to remake George B. Seitz’s 1936 adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s eponymous 1826 novel. This version outdoes them both: The Last of the Mohicans is masterful and entertaining and feels like a welcome throwback to the matinee fantasies of the 1950s.

 

Junjun

MONDAY JANUARY 22

 

This documentary tells the story behind the making of the eponymous album project by Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead guitarist/composer and Paul Thomas Anderson collaborator Jonny Greenwood, the Indian ensemble Rajasthan Express and producer Nigel Godrich. 

 


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