Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer(s): Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay) and Upton Sinclair (novel)
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano and Ciarán Hinds
When Daniel Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads there with his son, H.W., to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the HOLY ROLLER church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday, Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value–love, hope, community, belief, ambition, and even the bond between father and son–is imperiled by corruption, deception, and the flow of oil.
“A work of stunning intelligence and dramatic sweep, a portrait of a young nation struggling to find itself, torn between religious and business values.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Will rattle your brain for weeks, even months after you see it.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News
“A work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Dr. Nesic’s talk will focus on his research related to mitigating oil pipeline corrosion and erosion. He will also share the untold story of his involvement with the largest trial in world history, the case surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Science on Screen℠ is a project of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Coolidge Corner Theater. The Science on Screen program pairs with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging and offer dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.