Not your typical promotional documentary or featurette, That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000) shows you the highs, lows and especially the hard work required to make a film. Directed by Mark Rance, the documentary follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through a gruelling 80+ days of shooting Anderson’s third film, Magnolia (1999). Very funny (with little bit of grief) behind the scenes material and interviews, press junket video and various screenings and meetings are presented to us, just to let us know how hard it really is to make a 188-minute film. This feature-length documentary is featured on the Magnolia Blu-ray disc, available at Amazon and other online retailers. Thanks to Larry Wright & Film Stuff.
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And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just “Something That Happened;” this cannot be “One of Those Things.” This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can’t. This was not just a matter of chance. These strange things happen all the time.