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37 Things We Learned From the ‘Boogie Nights’ Commentary

“I’m pretty egotistical and proud of this movie.” We look at what we can learn from Paul Thomas Anderson and his commentary track for Boogie Nights.
Boogie Nights Meeting
By  · Published on September 13th, 2012

All right, all you great big, bright, shining stars out there. It’s time to hear what Paul Thomas Anderson has to say. With recent movies like There Will Be Blood and his latest, The Master, the director is smack in the middle of a stretch in his career in which he’s defining a new genre called Discomfort. Boogie Nights looks downright cheerful by comparison, so it’s nice to go back and listen to the writer/director discuss his great, early achievement.

And here we have it, all 37 things we learned listening to PT Anderson talk about Boogie Nights.

Boogie Nights (1997)

Commentators: Paul Thomas Anderson (writer/director)

Best in Commentary

“Hey, roll it, cause I’ll tell you, you know, you’re listening to a guy who learned a lot about ripping off movies from watching laserdiscs with director commentary.” – Anderson beginning this particular commentary

“I think a lot of people are ashamed to feel freer to do stuff with the camera, because they don’t want to feel self-conscious or they don’t want to feel good about making a movie or they don’t want to celebrate making a movie, and I think that’s kind of bullshit.”

“I’m pretty egotistical and proud of this movie.”

Final Thoughts

Once again, we have to present to you a commentary that you simply must listen to for yourself in order to get everything it has to offer. Paul Thomas Anderson is a genius, and it shows in more than just the amazing films he makes. It also shows in the way he talks about his films and how he goes over every actor that appears in his films. Yes, the egotism comes through, but Anderson is a filmmaker who backs every word up with knowledge and skill. This commentary track for Boogie Nights is a must-listen-to for more than just fans of the director’s work. He provides plenty of everything and even lends time for some breathing silence and repetition. You know, in case you missed it the first time.

This New Line Platinum Series also features a cast commentary track that includes Mark Wahlberg, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Melora Walters. We will definitely be covering this track on a future edition of Commentary Commentary.

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