Archive of films Inherent Vice / Inherent Vice

2014, 148 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2015

Paul Thomas Anderson, a regular Academy Award contender, is the first filmmaker in the world to have the courage to tackle one of Thomas Pynchon’s multilayered novels. The drug-drenched noir story of Inherent Vice – featuring Joaquin Phoenix and music by Jonny Greenwood – is in many ways reminiscent of Anderson’s smash Boogie Nights.


Inherent Vice takes place in 1970 when Los Angeles was just as decayed, drugged-out, and corrupt as in Raymond Chandler’s crime fiction days. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) makes his living as a detective who is eternally sloshed. Former girlfriend Shasta stops by to see Larry after her current lover goes missing, a real estate magnate named Mickey Wolfmann. Larry sets out to look for the man and finds himself running an obstacle course whose main hurdles involve a puffed up policeman played by Josh Brolin, an allegedly dead musician, a neo-Nazi biker gang, and various exotic ladies. For the second time, after There Will Be Blood, director Paul Thomas Anderson chose to adapt a literary work, this time by the elusive Thomas Pynchon. The retro mood here takes lessons from the spirited romp Boogie Nights, with the possible exception that Inherent Vice is set a decade earlier. The atmosphere of the film, composed primarily of narrow-angle shots, is energized by the music of Anderson’s long-term collaborator Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Šimon Šafránek

About the director

Paul Thomas Anderson (b. 1970, Studio City, Los Angeles) started out as an assistant television show producer, later assuming the same role on independent films as well. He developed his feature debut Hard Eight (1996) during the Filmmaker’s Workshop at Sundance. A year later he released a drama set in the world of porn moviemaking, Boogie Nights, nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay. In 2000 he was honored with Berlin’s Golden Bear for the Tom Cruise epic Magnolia (1999), which also played KVIFF. He tried his hand at comedy with Punch-Drunk Love (2002), returning to drama five years later with There Will Be Blood (2007), which took two Oscars and a Silver Berlin Bear for direction. For The Master (2012) he earned a Silver Lion at Venice. His latest film Inherent Vice (2014) brought him his sixth Academy Award nomination.


Warner Bros
4000 Warner Boulevard, CA 91522, Burbank
United States of America
Tel: +1 818 954 3058

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson podle stejnojmeného románu / based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon
Dir. of Photography: Robert Elswit
Music: Jonny Greenwood
Editor: Leslie Jones
Art Director: David Crank
Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar
Production: Ghoulardi Film Company, IAC Films, Warner Bros.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro
Sales: Warner Bros

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