In the first-ever screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Paul Thomas Anderson creates a paranoid yet beguiling atmosphere, riffing on Los Angeles private eye mythology in a fictitious 1970s beach setting.
Prompted by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, drug-addled 'Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) takes on a growing number of labyrinthine investigations, which seem to lead him into increasing danger, and absurdity. The all-star cast includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone and Martin Short.
2014, 148 minutes, Cert. 15
Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, in collaboration with the British Academy.