Sunday July 5, 2020

The Anderson tapes

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is a very different beast from the lurid flourishes of Boogie Nights: a sprawling attempt to film the almost unfilmable Thomas Pynchon drug novel Inherent Vice.

1st February, 2015
Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio del Toro in Inherent Vice.

‘Do you smoke?” asks the publicist, outside the hotel room where Paul Thomas Anderson awaits. Given we’re about to meet for the writer-director’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s pot-soaked novel Inherent Vice, I’m half-expecting to open the door and find him toking on a joint.

But when I walk in to meet a bearded Anderson, dressed in a crumpled white shirt that looks as if it’s...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

As a teenager, I loved my first experience working legally in the US. Trump’s abrupt decision to ban new visas will deprive many of our under-25s of a similar adventure

Nadine O’Regan | 1 week ago

The new reality means queues, lots of them, and it’s a test of character – so you’d better limber up

Nadine O’Regan | 3 weeks ago

The Co Tyrone teen is raising 37,930 tadpoles from a puddle in a field into froghood – and documenting it on the hottest social media platform of the pandemic

Emer McLysaght | 3 weeks ago