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Watch: Love, Pleasure & Pain In New Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 15, 2012 10:28 PM
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The Master

"It's not the L. Ron Hubbard story," Philip Seymour Hoffman told Entertainment Weekly in last week's issue. "[Scientology] was one of the bigger movements at the time, but there were a lot of movements at that time. There's nothing about how I'm behaving or talking that echoes [Hubbard]." And while the bigger thematic arc of the film is beginning to show its colors, it seems pretty clear to us that Joaquin Phoenix is being audited in this new clip from the film.

Surprises continue to abound for Paul Thomas Anderson's hugely anticipated new film, and tonight comes not only a generous new helping from the picture, but also the announcement that "The Master" is playing tomorrow night in Chicago at 10 PM at the Music Box Theater in 70mm. $10 gets you in and all the proceeds will go to the film preservation society The Film Foundation. Nice. So back to that clip -- it's another insanely tantalizing glimpse at the movie that is also a touch enigmatic, but seems to suggest some of the Scientology themes of cleansing oneself of the negativity and bad experiences that have tarnished our souls is in play to some degree. And oh yeah, Jonny Greenwood's score sounds fantastic.

Check it out below. And if you're in Chicago, you can buy tickets for tommorow's screening right here. "The Master" plays Venice and TIFF before opening on September 14th.

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  • ryan | August 15, 2012 11:58 PMReply

    well it looks like AT LEAST...PTA will be refunded an oscar for his TWBB snub and Joaquin Phoenix refunded an oscar for Walk The Line... we all know the only "if" would be if DDL sours the Phoenix's chances with a towering Lincoln performance. I can't freakin' wait!

  • ska-triumph | August 15, 2012 11:29 PMReply

    Dear Lord, who is scoring this film? Phoenix' mug - and Hoffman's VO clashes wonderfully with the woodwinds. This film better roar into NYC.

  • dood | August 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    jonny greenwood

  • AS | August 15, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    Uh oh, I'm not feelin the tone of this clip. I'm really hoping the actually film is a lot darker (a la TWBB).

  • AS | August 16, 2012 11:23 AM


  • Cribbster | August 15, 2012 11:54 PM

    Oh, no! You don't feel it?

  • yer | August 15, 2012 11:15 PMReply

    Is anyone else getting a Thin Red Line vibe from the aesthetic of the war parts?

  • rtr313 | August 16, 2012 4:18 AM

    Aestheticly speaking, they are different in tone, style, and feel, however both are using a similar cinematic motifs to present a visual statement and stream of consciousnesa alive in a characters emotional reality. This style of intercutting, is all very much inspired by filmmakers such Andrei Tarkovsky. It is has surely become a staple of Malick's aesthetic, as you cited TTRL, and is present in everything he's done thereafter. The technique goes beyond non linear editing to highten the emotional core of a picture. SOderbergh's The Limey greatly benefits from this.

    I truly admire the films of PTA, especially Mangnolia ans TWBB,, for all of its directorial brillance and emotional power. Every frame, every second I see of The Master before its release just blows my f*cking mind.

    Thank god Ellision is willing to fund pictures of this caliber in a age in movie history lacks the sense to do so...

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