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Paul Thomas Anderson
USA 1999 / 188’
Kanal Satan’s Tango

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.

Piotr Czerkawski


Berlin IFF 1999 – Golden Bear; Golden Globes 2000 – est Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Satellite Awards 2000 – Special Achievment Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble

Paul Thomas Anderson

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.

Selected filmography

1997 Boogie Nights

1999 Magnolia

2007 Aż poleje się krew / There Will Be Blood

2012 Mistrz / The Master

2014 Wada ukryta / Inherent Vice

Cast & Crew

director Paul Thomas Anderson
screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson
cinematography Robert Elswit
editing Helle le Fevre
music Jon Brion
cast Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Robards, William H. Macy
producer Paul Thomas Anderson, JoAnne Sellar
production Ghoulardi Film Company, New Line Cinema, The Magnolia Project
sales Park Circus
language English
colouration colour