Episode 137: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”
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In 2012, Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to his Oscar nominated film “There Will Be Blood,” focused its attention on an alcoholic veteran drifting through the US after World War II and the charming, sophisticated leader of a budding religious movement. “The Master” showed exactly what Paul Thomas Anderson could do with pushing the boundaries of narrative storytelling and 65mm film stock. The film broke box office records for smaller independent art house films while firmly make the statement that its creator was a true cinematic artist.
How did “The Master” transform Joaquin Phoenix’s career from mockumentary subject in “I’m Still Here” to high caliber actor? Why did Paul Thomas Anderson decide to loosely base his film on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard? And What makes Paul Thomas Anderson one of the best American directors working today?
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is the subject of episode 137 of the AuteurCast…