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1997, Warner Bros., 155 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Eddie Adams, aka "Dirk Diggler" (Mark Wahlberg), is a high school dropout-turned-porn star whose career is on a dizzying upward trajectory thanks to the guidance of adult-movie kingpin Rick Horner (Burt Reynolds). As Eddie and the adult industry descend into the excesses of the late ’70s, devastating personal narratives unfold against a historic shift in America’s cultural landscape. Both intimate and epic in tone, this sprawling ensemble piece is populated by superb actors (Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy) whom Anderson guides with masterful, Altmanesque care.

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