“A master class of the masterworks of Paul Thomas Anderson” (Variety Magazine), Adam Nayman’s full-color, coffee-table gift book explores the creative journey of the multiple Academy Award–nominated writer and director.
Foreword by the Safdie Brothers
“Full of lavish photographs from his best-loved films.” ―A. Frame
Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks is a fact-filled treasure-trove for movie fans; it explores Anderson’s career, including the critically acclaimed, award-winning movies:
- Hard Eight (1996)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
- Magnolia (1999)
- Punch Drunk Love (2002)
- There Will Be Blood (2007)
- The Master (2012)
- Inherent Vice (2014)
- Phantom Thread (2017)
Film critics and fans are constantly looking forward to what he might create next and discuss the meaning and technical aspects of his movies and their most famous scenes. Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights, Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood, and Joaquin Phoenix in The Master are not just memorable movie performances, they are the stuff of Hollywood legend.
It also covers his music videos for Radiohead and his early short films. All are examined and illustrated in detail. Anderson’s influences; his style; and the recurring themes of alienation, reinvention, ambition, and destiny that course through his movies are analyzed and supplemented by firsthand interviews with his closest collaborators—and illuminated by film stills, archival photos, original illustrations, and an appropriately psychedelic design aesthetic.
Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks is a tribute to the dreamers, drifters, and evil dentists who populate his world.
Includes Color Photographs
About the Author
Adam Nayman is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and writes on film for The Ringer, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot, and Little White Lies. He has written books on Showgirls and the films of Ben Wheatley and lectures on cinema and journalism at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
“A master class of the masterworks of Paul Thomas Anderson.”
— Variety Magazine
“This career retrospective, full of lavish photographs from his best-loved films, is enough to inspire that budding director in your life, or provide a gateway to revisit old favorites without firing up their Blu-ray player.”