April 7th, 2011: Boogie Nights (1997)

Cast and Crew: Luis Guzman, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Nina Hartley, Johanna Gleason, Ricky Jay, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Phillip Baker Hall, Thomas Jane, Jack Riley, John Doe, Alfred Molina

What It’s About: The rise and fall of Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), the biggest star in the tumultuous world of the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

Why Watch it Today?: The Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s obscenity laws today in 1969, paving the way to the legalization of pornography.  Boogie Nights was writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s breakthrough picture, a brilliant and often hilariously deadpan recreation of the 1970s porn boom as told through the life of the fictional star Dirk Diggler and the strangely supportive stock company he comes to belong to.  Boogie Nights features a brilliant ensemble cast, direction and an evocative soundtrack.

Where to Get ItPublic libraries; iTunes, Netflix (Rental only), Amazon

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