There Will Be Blood
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Run Time: 158 min. Format: 35mm Release Year: 2007
Starring: Ciarán Hinds, Daniel Day-Lewis, Dillon Freasier, Kevin J. O'Connor, Paul Dano
Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 2007, 35mm, 158 min.
Turning in a robust, near gonzo performance, Daniel Day-Lewis is Daniel Plainview, an oilman driven by ambition and good ol’ American greed to drain the land dry and line his pockets with the profits. A most savage vivisection of capitalism in the grand, blustering style of John Huston, this loose adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel Oil! is by turns slow-burning and an absolute gusher of male arrogance. Capturing both the dynamism of its filmmaker and star, the film is aided in its ruthless examination of human frailty by a nervy score from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and lucent visuals by cinematographer Robert Elswit. Screening in 35mm!