If you thought Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” was a magnificent love letter to the sun-soaked City of Angels the way that I did, then you’re going to love the short behind-the-scenes documentary, “Chryskyloden Blues,” which was uploaded recently to Vimeo.
Shot on Super 8 film by filmmaker Laura Colella (“Breakfast With Curtis”), “Chryskyloden Blues” blends behind-the-scenes footage with a voiceover excerpt from the Thomas Pynchon novel upon which the Anderson film is based. According to an article published on The Chicago Reader website, which is how we came across the video (so hats off to them for making such an incredible discovery), Colella was apparently supposed to appear onscreen as an amateur filmmaker shooting on Super 8 during the scene where Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Doc, crashes a private party.
Check out “Chryskyloden Blues” at the top of this page. Seriously, cinephiles, it’s the summer movie you know you love and deserve.