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The Evolution of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Shooting Style

In a new video essay on BFI, Kevin B. Lee examines the progression of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s style, starting with the showy long tracking shots of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, through to the more stationary The Master.

He writes, “This video essay examines one signature tracking shot from each of Anderson’s five previous features, showing how each epitomises his cinematography at each point, from the flashiness of his earlier films to a more subtle approach that favours composition over movement.”

Watch it here.