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Listen: Paul Thomas Anderson Talks Making His Porn World Film ‘Boogie Nights’ In 29-Minute 1997 Interview

Listen: Paul Thomas Anderson Talks Making His Porn World Film 'Boogie Nights' In 29-Minute 1997 Interview

“I saw the Valley the way David Lean saw the desert in ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ” Paul Thomas Anderson said about “Boogie Nights,” with the quote lifted from Grantland‘s insanely well-researched and excellent oral history about the making of his breakout film. And while we urge you to check out that must-read feature, there’s another way you can take an in-depth look at “Boogie Nights.”

Eyes On Cinema has dug up an extensive interview between Anderson and Elvis Mitchell on KCRW‘s “The Treatment” from 1997. And as you might expect, the talk is wide ranging, with the filmmaker discussing the perils of choosing music for movies, capturing what porn shoots were all about in the era, and how blessed he is, even at this early stage, to work with great, intuitive actors, some of whom also happen to be his friends. It’s a great chat overall between the pair, and one well worth listening to.

So check it out below, and again, be sure to read that Grantland piece which goes into Burt Reynolds‘ attitude on the set, deleted scenes, the testing process (Anderson didn’t have final cut in his contract, FYI) and much more. Meanwhile, “Inherent Vice” opens in limited release today — here’s ten movies to check out before you see it.

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