"Hard Eight", "Amanda" ... The films to see (or not) this week

The choice of "Obs"

♥♥ "Hard Eight", by Paul Thomas Anderson.American Polar, with Philip Baker Hall, John C.Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L.Jackson (1996, 1:36).

2018 is coming to an end, and the memory of "Phantom Thread" still haunts us, confirming what we anticipated when it was released last February: the eighth film by Paul Thomas Anderson is among the most beautiful of the year.As an echo to this accomplishment, like an invitation to trace the secret thread (phantom thread) of the work of a filmmaker who has become of age, his first feature film, "Hard Eight, is released for the first time in theaters in France.".

At first glance, nothing announces the crazy ambition of the director of "Magnolia" in this 1996 neo-noir about an old casino player (Philip Baker Hall) who takes under his wing, and for no apparent reason, a lost one ( John C.Reilly), met at a diner in Reno and soon bewitched by a blonde half-waitress, half-whore (Gwyneth Paltrow, in one of her first roles).long, puzzling Robert Altman scenes with neurotic relationships between an insidiously paternalistic mentor and an unpredictable disciple.

Not to mention three of his favorite actors: Baker Hall, Reilly and, for a supercharged appearance, Philip Seymour Hoffman.In addition, the complicated genesis of the film illustrates well the intransigence of Anderson, who, at 25, had Already a high idea of his talent.Filmed in twenty-eight days, "Hard Eight" took a year to be released in the United States following the conflict between the director and Rysher Entertainment, a television production company that was switching to cinema.Even two montages circulated, that of the producers and that of Anderson, until the Cannes Film Festival validated the latter by selecting it for Un certain regard.

Posted Date: 2020-09-17

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