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Bridging the gap

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s feted 2007 film “There Will Be Blood,” pathologically ambitious Daniel Plainview, played by Daniel Day- Lewis, turns from gold to black gold during the great South Californian oil boom that straddled the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. Based on the spirit more than the text of Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!, it showed how a man could be possessed by the potent, magical allure of oil.

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