The Sounds of Paul Thomas Anderson

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Paul Thomas Anderson uses sound design to complement his expansive visual style. His close-ups are underscored by full-bodied foley and his masters often echo. When a sound is isolated, it’s either played for humor—a croaking frog, tumbling down from the sky in Magnolia—or tension—a wheezing Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood. Sometimes, the two are combined. Thirty minutes into Phantom Thread, during a family breakfast scene, Vicky Krieps begins to butter her toast and it’s clear that no amount of her trying would make the noise of the knife scraping across the bread any quieter. The sound cuts through the room and prickles the ears of the characters and audience members alike. It says a lot about the characters in the scene and their relationship to one another—more than any amount of dialogue could accomplish so elegantly. Can’t get enough Paul Thomas Anderson? Good, neither can we! Check out our video on how the esteemed director uses movies within movies. And after that, go on a color exploration of one of our favorite movies of his, Boogie Nights. And finally, complete your journey through Anderson's films with our article on Finding Self-worth in Punch-Drunk Love.

Comments from Youtube

Jammez : Damn good Foley.

Raheel Ahmed : My favorite director of all time!

Jonathan Mora : hard eight: the forgotten child

Joshua Horita : Cool vid. But you couldn't throw in Hard Eight?

Andrew Budiman : Adam and Daniel in the same montage.

Actor Kris Mavericko : Thanks for making this. I might have missed the exquisite detail of these sounds while immersed in a cinematic experience but your venture to isolate these sounds and highlight them in such a compilation video made me appreciate PTA's technical mastery much more.

Cmajor : Felt like an Edgar Wright film

Dekidy Euklides : I really like your work, I try to watch as much because I really love the cinematographic area. Keep it up, hugs. Luanda Angola.

dearsomeone : Delicious.

Jason Neil : No love for HARD EIGHT... 😞

Eva Melkhi : That was incredible 💙 and Anderson is one of the greatest.

Itamar : just beautiful

AKNetworkEdit : ...sick edit bro!

M7amad Sala7 : Brilliant

Lucas Moreira : Amazing.

ayaa elkaa : asmr

Heisenberg Snake : Fascinant

vikas malik : PSH

Breiner Guarán : Great video!

Donald J. Trump : I love this

TheBirdieView : Goat