Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson

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A contemporary genius of staging, Paul Thomas Anderson is always able to reinvent himself by presenting unexpected stories with options that are more surprising because they turn out to be great. After directing the hottest actors of the moment, be it Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, etc. This time the film’s protagonists are young artists still unknown to cinema while the big “stars” find themselves on the fringes of the central narrative, they are Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Maya Rudolph, John C. Reilly and Harriet Sansom. Harris who systematically finds himself in unbearably extravagant roles. This generational opposition highlights the young characters attracted by an adult world that never delivers on its promises, such as the contextual picture of America in 1973 and its President Nixon, the great shameless liar.

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From a teenage love story, Paul Thomas Anderson signs a social and political recall of an entire era with special care to reproduce the entirety of 1973’s atmosphere in the USA. Moreover, the director is a great specialist in the “revival” of past eras, and his entire theater attaches as much importance to this entire reconfiguration as to the direction of the actors, which remains captivating. Thus, the film begins with an astonishing performance by the actors during a successive shot where the two protagonists meet for the first time during a long, deceptively light verbal exchange, which comes to heighten the art of seduction in dialogues. Know how to write well. From this first sequence the question is asked of young adults in the world of irresponsible adults, then developed throughout the film into a riverine story of epic and humorous proportions.

yes Inherent vice It was an adaptation far from thrilling with a sense of humor, Licorice pizza Which also takes place around the time of this last film, is also a dialogue with another category of films, those devoted to adolescence and its existential pains. The subject matter is deep in the themes addressed, as in the pleasure of the show where Paul Thomas Anderson reveals himself as much as he reveals himself as a lover of cinema deeply rooted in his love for his art, as a brilliant portrait painter to present exceptional and ironic characters.

Licorice pizza
by Paul Thomas Anderson
With: Alana Haim (Alana Kane), Cooper Hoffman (Gary Valentine), Sean Penn (Jack Holden), Tom Waits (Rex Blau), Bradley Cooper (Jon Peters), Benny Safdie (Joel Wachs), Skyler Gisondo (Lance), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (Momma Anita), John Michael Higgins (Jerry Frick), Christine Ebersole (Lucille Doolittle), Harriet Sansom Harris (Mary Grady), Ryan Huffington (Steve), Nate Man (Brian), Joseph Cross (Matthew), George DiCaprio (Mr. Jack), Ray Chase (B. Mitchell Reed), Emma Dumont (Brenda), Yumi Misui (Myoko), Megumi Anjou (Kimiko), Maya Rudolph (Jill), John C. Reilly (Fred Gwen), Dan Chariton ( Sam Harpoon), Milo Herschlag (Greg Valentine), Will Angarola (Kirk), Griff Giacchino (Mark), James Kelley (Tim), Danielle Haim (Danielle Kane), Este Haim (Este Kane), Moti Haim (Moti Kane) ), Donna Haim (Donna Kane)
USA, Canada, 2021.
Length: 133′ (2h13)
Theatrical Show (France): June 1, 2022
Blu-ray release in France: January 5, 2022
Format: 2.39 – color
Publisher: Universal Pictures France

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