Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t care if we stream his movies

On the contrary, it invites as many people as possible to discover them, regardless of the medium.

Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve continue to defend the distribution of films – including theirs, but not only – in the cinema. The first has for example implored to the public, during the release of The irishman on Netflix, not to watch it on their phone : “Please don’t find out on a smartphone. At the limit an iPad, a big iPad.”

Paul thomas anderson has a different point of view on the matter. Interviewed about this by Variety as he starts promoting his new film Licorice Pizza, the director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Phantom Thread explained that he was not afraid of viewers discovering his films in streaming, on smaller screens. “I don’t care that people find out about my work that way. I even count on it, to keep it going long after I’m dead.”

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Asked in passing about the films he has seen recently, he once again shares his eclectic cinematographic tastes, saying he liked Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten yearsux or Venom 2 (“my family is obsessed with Marvel”, he specifies) and quoting Titanium, by Julia Ducourneau, as one of his last favorites. Discussing the return of James Bond to the big screen, an old and solid franchise supposedly capable of “give the pulse” of the good or bad health of the cinema, he specifies his thoughts: “We have already felt this fear in the past (that franchises stifle the rest of the releases, editor’s note), but then we see some good little movies and that fear disappears, we open up again creatively. I’m not going to lie to you, there were a few times when I thought the sky was going to fall on our heads. The movie industry has had some violent ups and downs, hasn’t it? (he’s talking about “kicks in the pants”, literally “kicks in the pants”, editor’s note) The exhibitors have built larger and larger cinemas, multiplexes with 25 or 30 screens. It swelled and the bigger it got, the more it became rubbish, and then, are we surprised that the rooms are empty? What did you think was going to happen? They built these pyramids for their own downfall. “

Worn by Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (PTA’s favorite actor), Alana Haim (of the band of the same name, for which the filmmaker has shot music videos), Benny Safdie, Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper as Jon Peters, Barbra Streisand’s third husband, Licorice Pizza will be released on January 5 in theaters.

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