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Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999

Soundtrack Available: Music in American Film

Watch—and listen to—classic movies whose popular music soundtracks propel action, underscore emotion, heighten authenticity, and stay in our memories. Organized by Wexner Center Film Curator David Filipi, the<i>Soundtrack Available</i>series features films notable for their creative and thoughtful use of popular music as a cinematic element. Many spawned soundtrack albums whose impact equaled that of the films themselves.

Thu, Aug 27, 2009 7 PM

Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann share a feel for Los Angeles and its environs and quirky characters—as you'll see in Magnolia.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Tom Cruise, Magnolia takes place during one seemingly uneventful day in the San Fernando Valley and follows the randomly intersecting lives of a handful of characters as they all reach crisis points in their lives. Most of the songs in the film were written and performed by Mann, who received an Oscar nomination for "Save Me." (188 mins., 35mm)

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Save with a convenient packet of 9 Soundtrack Available ticket vouchers for only $36 for members, students, and senior citizens or $54 for the general public. The vouchers can be used at any Soundtrack Available film or redeemed for multiple seats at any combination of screenings. Call (614) 292-3535 or stop by the Wex to get the ticket pack.

SOUNDTRACK-THEMED DRINKS: Check out the Soundtrack Available-themed drinks at Surly Girl Saloon (1126 North High Street, Columbus) this summer (examples include The Easyrider and The Manhattan).

REDUCED PRICED SOUNDTRACKS: Visit Used Kids Records (1980 North High Street, Columbus) to browse and buy soundtrack recordings with discounts available if you bring in a ticket stub from any Soundtrack Available movie.

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