The Frida Cinema

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SCENE SELECTIONS Episode 21: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Multiple Identities

“KTFC: Scene Selections” is a series of conversations between Anthony McKelroy, Miquela Davis, and a rotating cast of friends of The Frida Cinema. Tune in as we dissect shot compositions, overanalyze subtext, and wait for our coronavirus vaccines.

On this episode, we look at the work of Paul Thomas Anderson – film by film – to study his characters and their sense of personal identity as a matter of theme.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Multiple Identities


SCENES SELECTED

 

Boogie Nights (1997)

 

SAMMY

Scotty J’s Corvette

MIQUELA

Dirk Diggler’s Name in Lights

 

Magnolia (1999)

 

ANTHONY

Jim Kurring’s Dating Voicemail

AUSTIN

Earl Partridge’s Monologue

 

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

 

ANTHONY

Pillow Talk with Lena

AUSTIN

Deleted Scene

SAMMY

Barry confronts Mattress Man

 

There Will Be Blood (2007)

 

ANTHONY

Opening “Oilman” Monologue

AUSTIN

Brother Henry

 

The Master (2012)

SAMMY

Processing scene

AUSTIN

“Slow Boat to China”

 

Inherent Vice (2014)

 

ANTHONY

Bigfoot Eats Weed

 

Phantom Thread (2017)

 

ANTHONY

Barbara Rose

MIQUELA

Surprise Dinner

 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

 

SAMMY

How To With John Wilson (2020- )

ANTHONY

Increment Vice Podcast

https://incrementvice.com/

 

AUSTIN

Serial Experiments Lain (1998)

 

MIQUELA

Trivia Thunder

https://trivialthunder.com/