Paul Thomas Anderson’s Reflective Silence

Though Paul Thomas Anderson made a name for himself with elaborate and technically complex film making, one of his defining trademarks is a simple one–letting his camera linger on a silent character. While many filmmakers rely on dialogue to convey poignancy or gravity, Paul Thomas Anderson allows his lens to absorb a character’s silence. They may be watching, they may be listening, or or they may be in utter shock, but the result is the same; we feel the moment. Here is a look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s lingering and reflective silence.