In the first-ever screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Paul Thomas Anderson creates a paranoid yet beguiling atmosphere, riffing on Los Angeles private eye mythology in a fictitious 1970s beach setting. Prompted by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, drug-addled 'Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) takes on a growing number of labyrinthine investigations, which seem to lead him into increasing danger, and absurdity. The all-star cast includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone and Martin Short.
2014, 148 minutes, Cert. 15
Curated and introduced by:
Professor Ian Christie FBA, Birkbeck College, University of London.
Presented in collaboration with the British Museum
Ticket price: £3, £2 (Concessions)
Further information on the British Museum's current exhibition can be found here: www.americandreamexhibition.org
Image credit: Behind the camera Inherent Vice, courtesy of WBEI
Media partner: Londonist