Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video For Fiona Apple's 'Hot Knife'
Paul Thomas Anderson and Fiona Apple dated for what was a relatively short period of time back in the 90s, but their relationship sticks in our imagination because, well, come on! When two people are very young and very talented-- Anderson was 26 when Hard Eight was released in 1996, the same year 19-year-old Apple released her debut album Tidal-- the fact that they're dating can blow your mind. What do they talk about on lazy nights in? How smart will their kids be? Do they naturally drive each other crazy because they're both so damn talented?
Anderson and Apple broke up in the early-00s, but they've apparently remained cordial, enough so that Anderson directed this stunning, mesmerizing video for Apple's song "Hot Knife," off last year's album The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do (it's OK if you just want to called it The Idler Wheel). The Anderson fan site Cigarettes and Red Vines picked up on mention of the video a full years ago, with word that Anderson had to drop the project to start work on The Master. That film has come and gone, but now "Hot Knife" has finally arrived, with a handful of similarities to that recent Anderson film that baffled us and then wowed us. The lighting on Apple in the closeups-- particularly when it turns into a triptych around the the 1:12 mark, looks a lot like the staged portraits that Joaquin Phoenix's Freddie Quell took in a department store, as his first job after the war. Look at the promo photo of Philip Seymour Hoffman in character as cult leader Lancaster Dodd to see it for yourself:
Not knowing exactly when this video was filmed we can't promise this is Anderson's follow-up to The Master, but there is definitely one on the way. He's reuniting with The Master star Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel in which Phoenix will play the private detective caught up in a kidnapping plot. The cast, as you can fairly assume for an Anderson film at this point, includes a ton of other heavyweights, including Benicio del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin. We're hoping to get a look at it sometime next year. In the meantime check out this previous collaboration between Apple and Anderson, back from the days of their relationship, in her video for "Fast As You Can."