‘The Master’ Teaser Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix is Still Crazy

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Every film made by Paul Thomas Anderson to date (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood) has felt like a labor of love. That’s literally the case with his latest project, The Master.

Anderson’s Master was put on indefinite hold back in early fall 2010, reportedly due to both artistic concerns on the filmmaker’s part and, of course, financing issues. Some 4-5 months later, Anderson secured the funding necessary for the project to move forward. Production eventually got underway another 4-5 months after that – and moviegoers will get to see the results during the 2012 Awards season, when The Master at last makes it way to theaters.

A teaser trailer for The Master has been released online. However, it does not focus on the film’s namesake: a charismatic intellectual (Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose faith-based organization earns a devoted cult following during the early 1950s, in response to the horrors of WW II. That’s probably no accident either, as the similarities between that character and Scientology found L. Ron Hubbard are bound to stir up controversy (among certain Hollywood types).

Instead, this promo focuses solely on Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix), a drifter – and, judging by early footage, a psychologically-scarred WW II vet, whose certifiable behavior appears to have landed him in hot water yet again (or so it is implied).

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Joaquin Phoenix in 'The Master'

Even when you watch this early Master footage on a small computer screen, it’s immediately apparent that Anderson’s decision to shoot the picture in old-fashioned 65 mm was a wise one. Similarly, the excerpt from Jonny Greenwood’s score for the film is enough to produce a feeling and sense of dread – even as you watch Phoenix’s character perform mundane tasks, like lounging about on the beach. You can anticipate a troubling viewing experience on par with There Will Be Blood, for that reason.

As for Phoenix: the Oscar-nominee has been out of commission, ever since his Borat-style fake documentary I’m Still Here failed to draw in the masses. He looks to be back in top form in The Master, portraying a man whose internal turmoil threatens to boil over at any moment. Freddie Sutton may not be so powerful a force of nature as Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) from There Will Be Blood – but he could end up being just as fascinating a case study.

The Master begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on October 12th, 2012.

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Source: TheMasterFilm

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  1. If I had to guess come awards season I’d say The Master and Spielberg’s Lincoln will be getting some major attention.
    But then again at this time last year I was predicting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and J. Edgar would be the awards darlings.
    So yeah, I have zero clue what I’m talking about. ;)

    • ya but nobody saw the lame choices they picked coming…last year was the worst year for movies in at least the last 10 years (thats really as far back as i cared about movies). The artist? i still am mad that they even mentioned that POS let alone gave it every award…they are not brave enough to do that again, they will pick more movies that people have seen, simply because there will be better choices and they need an audience…there was only like 4 or 5 movies from that whole yr that were even enjoyable imo.

      • Yeah The Artist definitely didn’t deserve Best Picture but then all the films it was up against weren’t really amazing films either it was absolutely an underwhelming year for movies. I’m still disappointed Take Shelter wasn’t nominated for Best Picture.

    • I had j edgar and the artist winning big last year… jlincoln could very well be another j edgar but I doubt ut. This years big oscar movies will be lincoln, the masters and les miserables atleast u think. Also django unchained and the great gatsby mite get some attention

      • Throw in The Hobbit and whatever film The Weinstein Company decides to promote the h$&l out of and I agree with your list.
        @kyak
        I haven’t seen The Artist yet. I’ll watch it eventually because at some point I’ll watch all the best picture winners but I’m in no rush.

  2. Fascinating. Jonny’s score suggests it’s a companion piece of sort to the almighty monolithic There Will Be Blood. Perhaps, if that movie was conglomeration battering religion in a fight for America’s soul, this is religion itself fighting for it’s own identity and purpose.

    Either way, this is the one movie for me this year. PT Anderson is just a whole other level from anyone else in Hollywood.

  3. Looks awesome. And as usual, looks like Phoenix is gonna nail this role. Hismannerisms look wonderfully crafted, here, from his voice to his laugh to the use of facial muscles and expressions. I am really, really eager to see this now.

    And of course, like Ajeno said, PT Anderson is definitely on another level. Gonna be excellent, hopefully.

  4. Oscar nom.

  5. I’m overjoyed to see Joaquin Phoenix back and he looks pretty solid in this film already.

  6. Jonny Greenwood…as in Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood??? yes thank you

  7. One of the most underrated actors & directors in the biz. Movie looks like a instant classic. This, promethus, TDKR, Django & Lincoln this year is going to be great for movies.

  8. Looks very good, I love Andersons work. the opening shot on the beech with the score was very reminiscent of Kurosawa. I’ve always thought Phoenix was an incredible actor, I hope this is a start of a comeback for him. can’t wait to see it.

  9. This looks to be the greatest comeback since Frank Sinatra in “From Here to Eternity” for Joaquin. And Joaquin Phoenix deserves it. Hope he gets the Oscar for best actor. Its a pleasure to be reminded what a talented actor he truly is. Kind of a comeback for PTA since his previous film “There will be Blood” was 2007.