The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – MAGNOLIA on 35mm

Magnolia

Anderson’s third feature takes the theme of chance and applies it to the stories of a cadre of Angelinos on the brink, where chance meetings both threaten to disrupt a fragile order and offer a shot at redemption springing from unexpected sources. Two classic, titanic father-figures structure the film’s expansive focus: dying movie mogul Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) and falling-from-grace quiz show host Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall), from whose turbulent lives flower intertwining threads: estranged children, disillusioned spouses, and the aftermath of fame, both real-time and in reflection. However, with such colossal downfall comes unexpected, life-saving absolution. MAGNOLIA, a huge critical success upon release, significantly widens the scope and complexity of Anderson’s interrogation of the American family in spectacular fashion. (188 mins.)

MAGNOLIA screens Friday, August 7 at 7pm and Saturday, August 8 at 3pm 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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