Paul Thomas Anderson Embraces 'the Mischievous Side of Filmmaking' with 'Inherent Vice'

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Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson talks to SHOOT about how the Zucker brothers were an unlikely inspiration for his absurdist detective movie based on a Thomas Pynchon novel.

“[The Zucker brothers] make you feel like there’re no rules in a movie. If it’s going to work, it’s OK. It’s very encouraging to the mischievous side of making a film,” he says. “When you read Pynchon’s work, he does make you feel that way, too. This is a book, but it can go anywhere, as long as it seems right and it’s from a genuine place. Go for it.”

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