Paul Thomas Anderson thinks movies are “at their best” when they’re two hours long

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The ideal film according to Paul Thomas Anderson? One that is two hours.

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This topic came to the fore in a recent interview when the director was asked about working on the small screen – despite having nine feature films and several music videos for artists including Fiona Apple, Radiohead and Haim, he has never seen a TV. Did not conduct the show.

“No one asks [me to do television], I’m just playing in my corner of the sandbox,” Anderson explained. the new York Times, “As a writer, I think we have fantasies when you struggle with editing content: ‘I have a lot of material, maybe it’s a limited series.’ When really, no, it’s not, you just need to edit your story. I mean, a movie should be two hours. That’s when they are at their best. I’ve seen that many times. Missed the mark, but it really is the target.”


His next film, Licorice Pizza, is 130 minutes long (the same length as his previous film, 2017’s Phantom Thread). The ’70s set includes Cooper Hoffman (son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anderson’s frequent collaborator), Alana Haim, and Bradley Cooper.

magnolia Anderson’s longest film at 188 minutes, while punch Drunk Love Arrives in the shortest time at 95 minutes – with its first feature, hard eightThese are the only films by Anderson that fall under two hours.

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While we wait for Licorice Pizza to hit the big screen on December 25 in the US and January 7 in the UK, check out our list of others. upcoming movies To be excited about in 2021 and beyond.

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