A scene takes place in a brothel but nothing is seen.
A man claims another man has “lusted after women”.
A couple are briefly seen kissing in the background of a scene. Nothing sexual at all.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Give the devil to the future

When shooting “blood is coming”, Paul Thomas Anderson, 37, seemed to be gripped by a huge “Kubrick hand”, especially the soundtrack, final climax and ending method that can make the bones of the whole body clatter, which made the film enveloped with an ominous “Kubrick atmosphere” for several times. But strangely enough, before this work came out, we hardly saw any trace of this sign in Anderson. Before that, when people talked about the Hollywood genius director, they were always used to connecting him with Robert Altman, not only because they were also famous for their good control of multi character and multi clue narration, It’s also because of the legendary allusions about how they established the relationship between teachers and apprentices. If Robert Altman’s film “short film collection” adapted from a series of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver is regarded as his typical work, the corresponding work of Paul Thomas Anderson should be the cunning and charming “uninhibited night”. To some extent, the apprentice’s works even have more integrated narrative charm than the master’s, which is largely due to Anderson’s life experience in his youth. In 1997, when Anderson confidently described the “obscene” picture of the American porn industry in the late 1970s, he did not seriously consider whether the creator should be condescending. However, in Mulan flower in 1999, he finally began to be subject to his extraordinary talent and wrote the script in order to eliminate the dormant strong depression in his heart, He quietly buried many secret information in the camera that surprised later discoverers, and this restraint and depression was finally swept away in blood is coming!

1、 Music is a vital role

At the age of 37, Stanley Kubrick was just a “young director” who had just shown his talent in Hollywood because of the black film “kiss of the killer”. At the same age, Paul Thomas Anderson had completed “uninhibited night” and “Magnolia”. This premature talent and achievement are disturbing, However, it is inevitable that blood is coming has such profundity and purity as it is now.

In this film, Anderson obviously deliberately adopts the “more primitive” film language. For example, when shooting character dialogue, he rarely uses the opposite lens, but always uses the medium shot at one go; The suffocating sounds from hell are also evidence – he not only uses dense and powerful pure classical music, such as a large number of violin, Cello and Piano ensembles, which makes the subjective music showing the characters’ inner activities an important role in the film, but also boldly uses some unusual alternative music and musical methods. These special sounds, While strongly infecting and stimulating the audience, in fact, they are also violently torturing and intimidating them. After watching the film, the reporter of the Detroit News wrote: “crazy epic, magnificent and outstanding performance… After watching the film for a week, I can still hear my brain squeaking wildly.” In the impressive scene of the blowout fire, there was a piece of music that seemed to come from the tribes of ancient mankind. People beat it with the skulls of dead people, which was full of witchcraft atmosphere. It ran through the whole fire until the fire was extinguished the next day. Long after another scene began, this subjective music still didn’t stop in time, It continues stubbornly (which is very rare in the film soundtrack)… It can be imagined that the use of this music is not just used to set off the atmosphere of the scene. It is actually the voice of hell from the heart of the protagonist oil tycoon Daniel prevey. This voice has been calling this ambitious man to the embrace of the devil step by step. But it was the audience that was frightened.

Daniel plavius, an American who started with oil, has always been full of the sound of his soul being torn, but the music only existed in the period when he rose because of oil. In the last half hour of the film, when Daniel entered his old age and he had seized the wealth he longed for, this practice of using music to express his inner struggle was quietly replaced by silent scenes of depression and self closure. What Anderson is telling us with this change is that Daniel has completely handed himself over to the devil. His inner heart is no longer the strong struggle when he was young. He lives a lonely and alcoholic life in that gloomy and huge manor. Except for the occasional monotonous sound that he is killing the living room furniture with a shotgun, the whole manor is silent.

2、 I am a fake prophet, God is the product of superstition!

Blood is coming is inspired by Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel oil (Oil!), Before reading the original work, it is difficult to determine how Anderson adapted the novel, but it can be imagined that while trying to shape the main line of Daniel plavis’s black life, the film deliberately strengthened the opposition and transposition between the oil tycoon and the country priest Paul Sandy. This treatment not only enriched Daniel plavis’s will as a devil, At the same time, it is also Anderson’s greatest mockery of the religion he has always suspected, which is likely to be the key to ultimately affect the voting results of the Oscar judges.

At first, the young priest Paul sandy invited Daniel to develop oil in little Boston in the name of building a local church. In return, he hoped to get a reward of $5000 to build the church, but Daniel saw through this greedy “messenger of God” in God’s robe, and he won the oil field, But he didn’t fulfill his promise of remuneration (not until the end of the film), not because he was reluctant to give up the money, he just disdained to give mercy to a despicable wretch, especially a wretch under the banner of God.

What is embodied in these two characters is not a simple material and spiritual opposition (besides, the spiritual power represented by Paul itself is distorted and negative), nor even a simple doubt about God. Anderson sent the most dangerous provocation and the most severe challenge to the Puritan country of the United States through Daniel prevey, a traitor. In the final climax of the film, the lonely tyrant Daniel not only exposed the priest Paul who came to ask for money, but also forced the incarnation of Christian morality to shout “I am a fake prophet, and God is the product of superstition!” This treacherous oath. It was a cruel curse, but he (both Daniel and Anderson) even asked Paul to “say it in a convincing tone, in the tone of your sermon!” And said it eight times in a row.

Even though the Oscar judges are all rationalists with noble character. They believe that “God does not exist” and know the immortal value of “blood is coming” and “Citizen Kane in the 21st century”, they must not crown the film as “best picture”. The only thing they can do is to award the performance award to Daniel Day Lewis, This is not only because “if Daniel Day Lewis doesn’t win the Oscar, we have to rewrite the definition of ‘acting’. He is different from any great performance – he is greater!” (Denver Post), but also because of another fact – Daniel prevey’s decisive attitude towards the belief in God (representing all the light beliefs of mankind) is not only the desperate roar of the character to the edge of human nature in hell, but also a declaration of the director Paul Thomas Anderson’s deep disdain for the hypocritical side of Christianity.

3、 Oil is the original sin of the United States, and greed is a human nightmare

This is a family epic of an oil tycoon, showing greed, corruption and the pursuit of the American dream. The New York Times summarizes the film with this sentence: “Anderson’s film is not an American dream, but an American nightmare. The audience will enter a fiery hell with the film, and everyone will be boiling and cursed.” To some extent, “blood is coming” is not only a personal epic, but also a microcosm of the history of western development and even the founding of the United States of America, but also a microcosm of the history of soul transformation, which has suffered a lot from the rapid rise and collapse of every individual, entity and country.

Oil is the original sin of the United States, and now it has almost become a century nightmare perplexing the whole mankind. In 2007, all the good and bad political films in the American film world have something to do with it. They either discuss the behind the scenes peace between politics and the media (lion into the sheep’s mouth), or delve into the ruthless devastation of national interests on individual interests (decisive battle elagu and extradition), Or think about the great harm that racial hatred brings to the emotional community across regions (kite runner and King), and only blood is coming, which directly points the spearhead at the source of capitalist evil. It looks for clues in the era when such evil has planted seeds – questioning the value of irrational religion upward, To explore the responsibility of capitalist economic development for the disappearance of human nature, and what hovers in the middle is a deep reflection on the value of human existence.

4、 Give the devil to the future

Daniel prevey’s life is not a disillusionment process from success to self destruction. He is not even a gradual devil. He is the devil itself. His son (actually an adopted son) said that what he learned from him was “enthusiasm for work”, and his response was to curse the only relative as a “bitch”, because his grown-up son finally decided to leave him to start his own business. He cut off the last and only family bond with anger, and he completely plunged himself into the abyss of loneliness. At the beginning of the film (the end of the 19th century), Daniel dug the silver mine hard alone. After a blasting, he slipped and fell into the dark mine. When he dragged his disabled legs out of the mine painfully, he had felt that loneliness. When his career developed and he took his son to build a brilliant future in little boston Town, his son was unfortunately deaf in a blowout accident. He once again felt that the only human nature in his body left him. The strong sense of loneliness made him dependent on a brother who came to him. He immediately frustrated, annoyed There is no hope of telling the whole story( “My heart is always struggling. I don’t want to see others succeed. I hate most people. Part of my heart no longer exists… Enthusiasm for work, frustration… All those… Those failed past are far away from me… I don’t care about anything anymore. If what’s in my heart, it should also be in your heart 。 Many times, I look at others and can’t find anything I like. I want to earn enough money… Enough to stay away from the troubles of the world and live a quiet life alone. “), However, soon, he painfully found that the “relative” who came from admiration was actually just a dirty fake greedy for money. He was so angry that he shot and broke the guy’s skull and buried the body in a shallow pit deep in the forest. In that pit, in addition to soil, there was oil seeping from the ground.

Soon after, he had to give in to Reverend Paul in order to cover up the crime of murder and, more importantly, to obtain the oil pipeline. He confessed in the cathedral he had always hated, “I left my own son aside! Lord, please give me holy blood and drive away the demons in me.” After that, he really became an oil tycoon and a fearsome and pitiless loner. Finally, he drove away the only adopted son who was grateful to him, and let the priest Paul, whose soul was equally ugly but far less evil than himself, bow down before him. Then, in despair, he frantically killed Paul and completely threw himself into the devil’s world

Paul Thomas Anderson has mastered the ability to film tragic myths. His camera was full of warmth, but in blood is coming, he learned to despise the world. He once again perfectly interprets the significance of evil human nature to mankind with Daniel prevey, a figure with profound modernity. Perhaps, he still lacks Kubrick’s absolute coldness (Daniel prevey’s adopted son is an important reservation, and he does not continue to write the evil of his parents), but there is no doubt that he has successfully ranked among the greatest directors in the world.

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