Friday, March 22, 2013

Watch: ‘Boogie Nights' Inspiration ‘Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story' With PTA Commentary

Most PTA fans are aware of "Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story" and its huge influence over "Boogie Nights" but probably few of you have actually seen it. About 35 minutes of excerpts from the doc appeared on the Criterion Laserdisc 15 years ago as a special feature with commentary by PTA. It was scheduled to go on the DVD release as well but for some reason or other got pulled and has been buried ever since, viewable only by the lucky few who held onto their Laserdisc players....until now. We're surprised it took this long honestly but some enterprising fellow named bodian26 has uploaded the doc to YouTube in 4 parts and even taken the liberty of cutting to a title card to block out the naughty bits so you can consider this SFW. In the opening minutes, PTA calls says the film is "a major inspiration for 'Boogie Nights'" and goes on to chronicle the various similarities as well as the things he loves just because they're funny/sad. Happy Friday. (via Richard Iaeger)

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  1. I was hoping Paul would do something like this for some future Boogie Nights Super Bluray edition, but this will do nicely!!!

  2. In the WADD Documentary on the Wonderland bluray, there's brief shot(at 15mins36sec) where they show Holmes on location shooting a film and it looks to be the same film he did one of his interviews in the Exhausted Documentary. You can tell by his hair, sunglasses and he's sporting the all white suit. Interestingly, ominously, the date on the film clapper is 6/25/81...less than a week before the Wonderland Murders.

  3. That's great, thanks for sharing this!

  4. Im a bit surprised that Paul hasn't referenced Schrader's "Hardcore" as an influence on Boogie Nights. Maybe it was. Its the story of a conservative mid-western Dad whose daughter, during a church trip, escapes to California and ends up in the late 70's porn biz. The Dad has to find her and convince her of his love. I consider it George C Scott's Chinatown. It's a nice film.

  5. I've downloaded the films and edited them back together. You can download the whole shebang here:

  6. Loved to hear that the same things I found so intriguing about John Holmes were an inspiration to someone else as well and someone with a worthwhile opinion, an intelligent mind, and such vision for greatness like Paul Thomas Anderson!


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