Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights 18

Paul Thomas Anderson on 35mm


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2018

Paul Thomas Anderson
Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
155 mins, 1997, USA

Darkly comic, vastly entertaining and utterly original, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights spans the height of the 1970’s disco era offering a visually stunning exploration of LA’s adult entertainment industry, and established its director as one of the hottest new talents in American cinema.

The rise and fall of porn star Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlburg), his sizable manhood and the 70's sex industry itself form the basis of this unflinching tale centred around a hard-core movie outfit whose crew of misfits, damaged souls and refreshingly flawed characters form a close-knit, makeshift family amidst the heady days of disco. With bravura style, wit and no short amount of affection for its large cast of characters, the film expertly details the effect that wealth, drugs and new technology had on the porn industry which after more than a decade long stint on top was about to enter a prolonged come down as decline set in at the beginning in the early 1980s.

A brilliantly authentic snapshot of the Los Angeles disco era – Anderson’s film lets us thrillingly relive the time when disco and drugs were in vogue, fashion was fabulous and in flux, and the party never seemed like it was ever going to stop. Until, of course, it did...