Originally Posted by Teacher
How do you see Boogie Nights as an unintentional Scorsese spoof (ripoff)? I'm seriously curious, because I don't see it that way at all.
Watch Mean Streets and Goodfellas, watch the end of Raging Gull, then watch Boogie Nights - and tell me what you think. People have been writing essays about PTA's tendency to freely "borrow", from Scorsese and Altman particularly so I wouldn't do justice to their analysis but here are the main points I would make: (a) cinematographic/stylistic choices borrowed from MS (e.g. slow-mo, extreme close-ups, dolly shots, long tracking shots); (b) overall treatment of the 1980s aesthetic and themes as Casino or Goodfellas.
Literally, the opening shot of BN with the long tracking shot down the street and ending on slow-mo Wahlberg is pure Scorsese.