This film is Paul Thomas Anderson’s great triumph (awarded, among others, the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival) and one of the most famous films of the 1990s. A story about 24 hours in the lives of nine Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect in surprising circumstances. Although the characters are different in many ways, they share a similar sense of melancholy, disappointment with life and a longing for love. One of the secrets of Magnolia's success is the artistry with which the director manages to combine apparent opposites on the screen. Thanks to this, Anderson's film is both intimate and full of momentum, ironic and moving, rational and open to metaphysics. At the premiere, Magnolia delighted not only viewers and critics alike, but also many influential figures in the film world. In a high-profile interview, Ingmar Bergman himself recognized Anderson's work as one of the proofs of the vitality of contemporary American cinema. Today, 20 years after its premiere, Magnolia continues to inspire new artists, which is best proved by the highly acclaimed performance by Krzysztof Skonieczny at Wrocław's Contemporary Theater.
Director and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most original American filmmakers, well-versed in cinematic history, tradition and technique. Born in 1970 in the suburban San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. Prior to his feature length debut, he cut his teeth on the sets of numerous commercials and music videos. Anderson is a careful observer of American suburbia. His protagonists are often loners and outsiders whose personal stories pit them against society’s conventions and demands. He masterfully reaches into his spacious store of ideas, refitting the most cliché forms with freshness and innovation. Each of his films has earned cult status, from the bittersweet and campy Boogie Nights, the multi-plot and entrancing Magnolia to the suggestive and dramaturgically masterful There Will Be Blood. His tightly written scripts remain the work of an independent auteur, but Anderson, though once a niche director, has consistently increased his fan base.
1997 Boogie Nights
2007 Aż poleje się krew / There Will Be Blood
2012 Mistrz / The Master
2014 Wada ukryta / Inherent Vice