Paul Thomas Anderson’s Longtime Cinematographer Says They Probably Won’t Work Together Again

IndieWire | 2/16/2019 | Staff
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Robert Elswit has shot six films for Paul Thomas Anderson and won an Academy Award for his work on “There Will Be Blood,” but the cinematographer doesn’t expect to work with Anderson again. During an appearance on the Light the Fuse podcast, Elswit didn’t have great things to say about their working relationship: “God, I don’t know what it is anymore,” he said. “It’s like a bad married couple. Unpleasant.”

Asked whether he could see them collaborating again, Elswit didn’t sound optimistic. “I don’t know. Probably not. You know, it depends on how he feels. I would do it again…I didn’t enjoy myself on ‘Inherent Vice’…It was a combination of me and Paul just not getting along, and I can be as immature as him.”

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Elswit lensed “Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Inherent Vice” for Anderson; Mihai Mălaimare Jr. was director of photography on “The Master,” and Anderson shot “Phantom Thread himself.” Elswit’s other credits include “Good...
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