Scorsese? Paul Thomas Anderson? Filmmaking and the Art of Influence
It is widely known that Martin Scorsese is an auteur filmmaker, whose filmography explores a vast range of recurring themes and imagery. It is his unique take on narrative and culture that has cemented his place amongst the greatest ever and helped pave the way of the second New Wave of Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s. It is no surprise then, that his work has influenced great filmmakers that have followed, in particular Indie filmmakers of the 90s.
One of our favourite auteur directors is Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson. His impressive list of films include Magnolia, There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights. With nearly a perfect streak (bar the disappointing yet stylish Inherent Vice), PTA continues to push the boundaries of cinematic storytelling, combining stunning cinematography with thought-provoking narrative.
Thanks to editor and Vimeo user Jorge Luengo Ruiz, we can now see the influence Scorsese has had on PTA’s work; in particular Boogie Nights. This detailed video essay is sure to make any cinephile go weak at the knees. With it’s shot for shot comparison using split-screen, Ruiz compiles a sturdy argument for the infiltration of Scorsese’s work and in turn, PTA’s appreciation and admiration for the legendary filmmaker.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Do you think that some of Ruiz’ points are too generic? Or do you think PTA adopted many traits that are widely associated with Scorsese? Either way, these two directors have produced some brilliant work and are still able to continuously impress and stimulate even the more conventional viewer.