Paul Thomas Anderson
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"Paul Thomas Anderson" is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Interested in film-making at a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father Ernie Anderson (a disc jockey, and television and radio voice acting/announcer/voiceover artist) to become a filmmaker. Anderson is a distinctive filmmaker of his generation, initially being praised as a wunderkind after the release of the dramas Boogie Nights and Magnolia (film)/Magnolia.

In 1993, he wrote and directed a short film titled Cigarettes & Coffee on a budget of $20,000.

After he attended the Sundance Institute, Anderson had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first feature film, a neo-noir crime thriller entitled Hard Eight (film)/Hard Eight, in 1996. Anderson received critical and commercial success for his film Boogie Nights (1997), set during the Golden Age of Porn in the 1970s and 1980s. His third feature, Magnolia (film)/Magnolia (1999), received wide acclaim despite struggling at the box office.

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