The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – BOOGIE NIGHTS

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With a script first developed in his teens and a story previously filmed as a short, Anderson delivered this wake-up call to the American cinema, weaving a poignant, tragic-yet-ultimately hopeful tapestry of lives in the late-70s Southern California “adult film” industry. Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), patriarch of a small studio in the San Fernando Valley, discovers Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), an aimless young man, who—once Horner convinces Eddie of his potential—transforms overnight into porn juggernaut Dirk Diggler. The rotating cast of characters surrounding Jack and Dirk include matriarch Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) and budding star Rollergirl (Heather Graham), among others, who form a makeshift family, having been cast adrift from their own. “One of the most ambitious films to have come out of Hollywood in some time.”—Emanuel Levy, Variety. (155 mins.)

BOOGIE NIGHTS screens Friday, July 31 at 7pm and Saturday, August 1 at 4pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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