Paul Thomas Anderson previously fronted the rock trio Haim — consisting of Alana, Este and Danielle Haim — in nine kinetic music videos that dazzlingly capture the groove of the band’s Grammy-nominated tunes. Now, after directing the sisters in his Best Picture nominee “Licorice Pizza,” Anderson turns his camera back on the trio for his 10th music video with them, “Lost Track.” Originally featured in W magazine, the piece imagines the triad as 1950s society girls in a dance hall. Look below.
“I was reading the Valley News from the early 1950s and was fascinated by the social section of the paper,” Anderson told W of his inspiration. “I loved the women of the Valley who did their club activities. There were photos of the ladies at a flower show with their precious orchids. There was a group of art students who were cast as extras for a Hollywood movie. There was a photo of a wedding shower for the daughter of a prominent family. And there were several photos from fashion shows, usually for charity.
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The Haim sisters continue to be an inspiration to Anderson, who introduced them as Jewish sisters (though not quite versions of themselves) living in the San Fernando Valley with their parents in ” Licorice Pizza”. Anderson wrote the role of aspiring photographer Alana Kane in “Licorice Pizza” specifically for Alana Haim, who makes her big-screen debut in the film.
She told IndieWire: “Paul has this insane knack for bringing out the best in you on film. I don’t know how he does it. It’s something in his blood. He sees something in the people he finds.
“I was honored that he was inspired to use my name in this movie, great!” Haim said. “It was the first script I read in my life. I’m a musician. I fell in love with Alana and the twists and turns, the stunts and the people she meets, the running, everything what relates to it, of his conduct. I loved Gary and the relationship with his mother and brother, taking care of his brother at such a young age, with so many responsibilities, and Alana living at home at the end in her 20s. She is technically an adult but still a child.
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