David Ansen

Paul Thomas Anderson's film tour of L.A.

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On a clear, crisp Sunday morning, Paul Thomas Anderson is driving me around Tarzana, his home turf. Built on the site of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ranch, Tarzana is eclectically nondescript, like all the low-rise suburban enclaves that dot the San Fernando Valley. On Ventura Boulevard, where we stop to pick up some overpriced fruit drinks, the architecture is a do-your-own-thing mishmash that refuses to add up to a Style. Anderson bemoans the eyesores, but he’s a born-and-bred Valley boy.

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