'Campfire': Deleted Scene from 'There Will Be Blood'

“Here is a good scene we didn’t need…it won’t spoil anything,” says the note from P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood production team. (Hat tip: Cigarettes and Red Vines and Movieweb.) No fireworks in this one, though it does provide some foreshadowing for things to come between Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis, sitting with son H.W – played by Dillion Freasier) and young Eli Sunday (Paul Dano, with father Abel – played by David Willis).

Fifteen-year old Eli is a religious prodigy in the small California town of Little Boston, a self-proclaimed prophet leading its Third Revelation Church. Having been tipped off on some oil-rich land in Little Boston, Plainview purchases it from Eli’s family. The ideological and greed-fueled clash between Plainview and Eli sets the table for There Will Be Blood (trailer).

Related: The Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men nabs best picture from New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. critics, while Blood earns five awards from New York Critics Online and top honors from L.A. critics. (IFC Blog)

Previously: Torture porn? Entertainment Weekly wonders whether naming a film There Will Be Blood qualifies as a “shifty bait-and-switch.” Go figure.

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