Paul Thomas Anderson says all movies should “preferably” be two hours long

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“That’s when they are at their best”

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Paul Thomas Anderson has said that movies are “best” when they are two hours long.

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The director, who is currently promoting his latest feature Licorice Pizza, discussed the ideal running time for movies when asked if he would ever consider making a TV series.

talking to the new York TimesAnderson said: “[The limited series is a] Great format when it works. it’s exciting. Then again, so are the series. I’ve never dipped a toe in that world, but I can imagine that it’s very difficult to sustain the life of a story for more than two, three, four seasons. ,


He continued: “No one asks [me to do television], I’m just playing in my corner of the sandbox. As a writer, I think we have fantasies when you struggle with editing content: ‘I have a lot of material, maybe it’s a limited series.’ When in reality, no, it isn’t, you just need to edit your story.

“I mean, a film should preferably be of two hours. That’s when they are at their best. I miss that mark many times, but that is really the goal.”

Of Anderson’s nine feature films, only two run under two hours. punch Drunk Love at 95 minutes and hard eight at 102 minutes. His recent films however have hit close to the mark with both phantom thread And Licorice Pizza Arriving in 130 minutes.

Licorice Pizza Set in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the 1970s, is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman as Alana Kane and Gary Valentine, respectively.

The film marks the acting debut of Haim and Hoffman (the son of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman), with initial reactions praising them both.


The supporting cast includes Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Maya Rudolph and Skyler Gisondo.

Licorice Pizza It is set to release in UK cinemas on January 7. It will be available in the US in select theaters on November 26, before having a wide release on December 25.

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