V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Master

V' 17

The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson
USA, 2012
144min, OF

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The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson
USA, 2012
, 144min, OF

Actors: 
Joaquin Phoenix
Freddie Quell
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Lancaster Dodd
Amy Adams
Peggy
Laura Dern
Helen Sullivan
Screenplay: 
Paul Thomas Anderson
Camera: 
Mihai Mâlaimare
Jr.
Editor: 
Leslie Jones
Peter McNulty
Composer: 
Jonny Greenwood
Decoration: 
David Crank
Jack Fisk
Costume: 
Mark Bridges

Production: 
The Weinstein Company
Ghoulardi Film Company
Annapurna Pictures
World Sales: 
The Weinstein Film Company
Distribution in Austria: 
Constantin Film
Format: 
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Color

THE MASTER is an epic 70mm story of tiny details that plays out viscerally on the most complicated expanse imaginable: the human face. Freddie Quell, a snarling, feral WWII veteran and drifter, wears a mask of rage and horniness that is as grotesque and primal and pained as few visages in recent memory. As Lancaster Dodd, the larger-than-life leader of a patch-work psychoanalytic self-help group/cult called “The Cause”, Phillip Seymour Hoffman projects calculated empathy and logic. He is a rational thinker, a dreamer, an Orson Welles-ian bullshitter with perhaps just as much madness as Freddie Quell, though he’s created an outlet for his boundless energy – birthing a new religious movement. THE MASTER is about many things, but at it’s core, it is a love story between two men with titanic egos and wills, who seem at first glance to be diametric opposites yet may simply be shadows of each other. (James Ponsoldt)

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