Continuing our trend this week – because why not – here again is a short work from Paul Thomas Anderson that was later adapted as one of his feature films. In this case, we have Cigarettes & Coffee (1993), which provided the basis for the director’s first long-form movie Hard Eight (1996).

It’s a dialogue-focused film that concerns the type of multi-character-connection narratives that Anderson would go on to explore in his second and third features.

The success of Cigarettes & Coffee at festivals and its screening in the shorts program at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival allowed Anderson to go on and, with the help of the Sundance Institute, expand the movie into a longer piece.