O reflexo de Robert Altman e de Martin Scorsese no cinema de Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Gesiane Vieira Matos Gonçalves (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In the History of Cinema we can consider, even in its most ancient times, the pioneering spirit of many directors who left their marks and changed the language of world cinema. Therefore, we observe in contemporary cinema the cinematographic influence of many past works, even if the technological possibilities are fully embraced in today's creations. The presence of the artistic influence, within the changes occurred in cinema, as well as all revolutionary events which allowed for the evolution of the seventh art, raises questions about originality and the techniques used in creation of motion pictures. The director as an artist, uses his or her creativity and ideas structured in an unique way, in a process of bringing together the parts which result in innovative works. The main objective of this thesis is the reflection around cinema as an art form and the artistic influencing lines of the past. Nevertheless, reflecting about the cinematographic influence requires understanding the references inserted in some works as a way of following an artistic standard or considering the possibility that contemporary cinema is based on imitation. This thesis is based on bibliographic and cinematographic studies, and empirical analysis, and proposes the observation of film records from the works of Robert Altman and Martin Scorcese contextualised in the works of American director Paul Thomas Anderson. This investigation takes support in the existence of cinematographic artistic influence as stated by E. H. Gombrich in his book The Story of Art (2006) which emphasises the creative processes of artists and their influences, as well as in the book Art and Illusion (2000) by the same author, who defends the artistic influence as a process followed by correction.
Date of Award6 Jun 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCarlos Capucho (Supervisor)


  • Cinematographic influence
  • Robert Altman
  • Martin Scorcese
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cinema
  • Directors
  • Art


  • Mestrado em Ciências da Comunicação

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