Burt Reynolds' character directing Mark Wahlberg on the set of a film

Boogie Nights

Screening on Film
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
With Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore.
US, 1997, 35mm, color, 155 min.
Print source: HFA

Paul Thomas Anderson’s darkly entertaining fictional exploration of the California pornography industry circa the late 1970s and early 80s focuses on a young nightclub worker, played by Mark Wahlberg, who rapidly finds stardom in the pornographic industry. However, with fame comes fortune, and with fortune comes unchecked ego, misbehavior and drug-use. Starring a dizzying array of Hollywood’s heavy-hitters—Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham, and Philip Seymour Hoffman among them—this unique and stimulating period drama portrays an archetypal tale of the rise and fall of a commodified star. What makes the film distinct is its focus on and demystification of a genre often left on the fringes of both society and cinema, despite its considerable popularity.

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