Cary Grant, 'Jackie Brown' & 5 Other Things That Influenced Paul Thomas Anderson

October 6, 2014 1:32 PM

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Cary Grant, 'Jackie Brown' & 5 Other Things That Influenced Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson's latest project, "Inherent Vice," a kaleidoscopic stoner noir film inspired by the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, made its world premiere Saturday at the New York Film Festival. On Sunday, the prestigious director sat down to discuss a series of films that have inspired his work. Read on for what the Oscar-nominated writer/director of "Boogie Nights," "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood" had to say about his chief influences, all of which were hand-selected by Anderson for the NYFF's On Cinema series.

The short-lived ABC comedy starring Leslie Nielsen gained more traction with the "Naked Gun" films, but Anderson was first exposed to the sitcom around age 12. Today, he cites its sight gags as evidence that "you can do anything" in storytelling. When Anderson steps outside for smoke breaks, he find...

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