Blossoms and Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

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From his film festival debut Hard Eight to ambitious studio epics Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's unique cinematic vision focuses on postmodern excess and media culture. In Blossoms and Blood, Jason Sperb studies the filmmaker's evolving aesthetic and its historical context to argue that Anderson's films create new, often ambivalent, narratives of American identity in a media-saturated world. Blossoms and Blood explores Anderson's films in relation to the aesthetic and economic ...