New ‘The Master’ Clip Shows Off PT Anderson’s Unique Style

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Paul Thomas Anderson may never be able to lure Avengers-sized crowds into theaters, but to a certain population of moviegoers, the man is the cinematic equivalent to King Midas. Films like Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood have lifted the writer/director into the highest echelon of today’s filmmakers, earning a devoted following and immense critical acclaim.

So imagine the anticipation surrounding his latest passion project, simply titled The Master. We’ve already seen the film’s trailer, and now the above clip – intended to promote a 70mm screening of the film at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre – has just hit the Internet.

While the footage isn’t particularly forthcoming about the film’s complex plot, it does offer a hint of the distinct style Anderson has employed. The long tracking shot, the methodical pacing and the score-free immediacy of the scene are sure to be familiar to longtime Anderson fans.

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In the film, Joaquin Phoenix stars as Freddie Quell, a Navy veteran who returns home from war, only to get mixed up with the charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of a mysterious religion known as The Cause. The group Quell joins may or may not be an allusion for Scientology – though Anderson has recently downplayed a connection - but in either case, the controversy over whether or not this was the director’s intention has only fueled excitement from those eager to judge the finished product.

Simply put, if the early buzz is any indication, The Master will be one of the biggest awards contenders of the season. Stars Phoenix and Amy Adams have already scored Academy Award nominations for their previous work, and Hoffman is looking more and more likely to claim his second statuette when all is said and done.

Combine that talent with Anderson’s skill behind the lens and a topic that will surely elicit a strong response from moviegoers and critics alike, and The Master is one of many highlights for the upcoming movie season.

The Master hits theaters on September 21st.

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  1. I hope this won’t be like There Will Be Boredom.

    At least it’s not that long.

  2. Yeah this is a netflix rental at best, only if they can’t send the other movies on the list and it will be greeted with “awwww dammit, they sent The Master”. I’m sure critics will adore it, it will earn no money and win a bunch of oscars.

    The amount of comments on this page kinda shows how excited we are for The Master.

    • His last film, There Will Be Blood, made three times its budget back. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean other people don’t.

      • Sorry where did i say i didn’t like it, that would be stupid cause i have not seen it, it just does not register on my radar as a movie i want to rush out and see. Simple as that Mr Ben Moore.

        • You said it wouldn’t earn any money. Instead of just divining information out of thin air, I looked at the most comparable film – Anderon’s last film – see what kind of numbers we can expect for The Master. I didn’t say you didn’t “like” the finished product, but you obviously “dislike” what you’ve seen/heard about the film enough to comment on an article about it exclaiming that the world isn’t excited for it and it will not make any money.

        • Then why bother commenting?

          Anderson has a “unique style” for sure – and you either like it or not. I count myself among the “certain population of moviegoers” who really love this guys work….and I was also able to really enjoy Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

          So take a deep breathe there, Deerang. You don’t have to like it and the rest of us won’t really care. Might as well not even bother renting it – you’ll just be miserable.

  3. I’m going to see this, not sure how I feel about it. I’ve never seen any of his other films so ill start here.

  4. I was not interested with this movie at first, even after watching the trailer I still feel somewhat so… but then I saw several movie clips and I instantly said that I just had to watch this.
    It might not be a spectacle, glamour, epic, or colorful like super hero or action movies, but Gawd… those actors really act that they looked like a totally different person there. More than that, it felt so… real, like daily people you can see on the street. One clip of Freddy, and it made me cringed so bad this man that I simply want to know how he evolve in this movie. This is a movie where you can see an actor as a true artist, delivering performance at their best. This movie’s already gaining tons of praises from professinal movie critics, so I suggest everyone should really try to watch it because from what I can sense, it will be spectacular… in a very personal way.

    • MovieGoers,

      That’s exactly how There Will Be Blood is. He’s a director who writes for specific actors so it’s no wonder he gets incredible performances out of all of them. There Will Be Blood is probably Daniel Day Lewis’ best performance to date (though I’m sure Lincoln will be equal, if not better). His portrayal of a man so dictated by power and greed is really staggering and – at times – frightening to watch. I have no doubts The Master will have the same level of performances.

      People who think P.T. Anderson’s films are “boring” do not look deep enough. He’s not a conventional filmmaker. He’s within’ the likes of Kubrick, Malick, and Fellini – none of which are hailed for making straightforward films. They make films that are unique, that ask questions and explore a large number of often enigmatic themes. P.T.A pushes the envelope as far as film goes and I’m certain he will be remembered as one of the great all time filmmakers in the years to come.

      • Kubrick and malick have been considered boring. its all a matter of opinion. no comment from me cause I’ve never seen a PTA movie. for instance I find most Peter Jackson movies boring just an opinion