Licorice Pizza : There’s neither pizza or licorice in filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, but something about the title sounded natural, like so many of the odd people and situations in his coming-of-age narrative set in the 1970s suburban Los Angeles.
Alana Haim, the artist who makes her cinematic debut as the smart but prickly young woman at the centre of the drama, stated, “Licorice Pizza is actually a pretty renowned San Fernando Valley record store that was extremely successful in the ’70s.” On December 25, the film will be released in theatres across the United States.
“We had to think for a second before deciding on a title for the picture. We all had a gut feeling that ‘Licorice Pizza’ was the title the moment it was added to the mix “Haim, a 29-year-old man, stated.
“Licorice Pizza,” hailed by reviewers as Anderson’s funniest and most intimate picture in his 30-year career, is on various top movie lists for 2021 and is likely to do well at the Oscars next year.
It follows the odd connection between Haim’s photographer’s assistant role and Cooper Hoffman, the son of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays a 15-year-old aspiring entrepreneur.
Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper feature as larger-than-life characters throughout a summer of mayhem that includes water beds, pinball machines, gasoline shortages, municipal politics, and first love.
Haim, who formed the rock band Haim with her two sisters, described her character as “ferocious and strong, and (she) thinks like she understands everything about the world, but she doesn’t.”
“She’s a bit of a wuss,” Haim said.
Anderson is a Haim family friend, with works ranging from the humour “Punch Drunk Love” to the serious “There Will Be Blood.” Haim’s mother taught him painting, and he’s made music videos for the band Haim.
Haim, on the other hand, had no intention of performing in his films.
“It happened really naturally,” she explained. “Rumblings were heard just now. ‘I’m working on a movie,’ he’d say, and I’d hear something about water beds or something like that. But the puzzle pieces didn’t fall into place until he sent me the screenplay and I saw my name on the page.”
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