Cigarettes & Coffee (1993), short directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

In preparation to see Inherent Vice, I was looking at PTA’s filmography and saw this short listed. I first wondered if it inspired Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes (2003). Be ready for what looks like a video recording of a tv screen showing a VHS tape ( 240p ). I like how he continued to use Philip Baker Hall in his films, and I recognized Kirk Baltz who played the cop tied to the chair while Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel played in Pulp Fiction (he also played Edwards, in Dances with Wolves). I also noted that this came out maybe a year before Pulp, and you almost see a homage to C&C in Tarentino’s coffee shot framing of the two getting ready to rob the place (3:30 in C&C). And you get a trunk shot at 20:36.


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