20 MINUTES OF DELETED SCENES FROM “THE MASTER”
Anyone who watched (and re-watched and re-watched) the trailers for “The Master” knows that writer / director / superhero Paul Thomas Anderson shot a whole bunch of footage that didn’t quite make its way into the theatrical cut of the film. A few months after “The Master” made its initial splash, PTA presented the film at LACMA alongside a 20-minute reel of deleted scenes, which he had cut together into a nicely paced and fully scored assembly. The reel was included as a bit of bonus material on the DVD and Blu-Ray (in stores now), and now — inevitably — it has made its way onto YouTube.
The reel is a treat for fans of the film, and perhaps even more essential viewing for those who were frustrated by the beguiling bromance between WWII vet Freddie Quell and neo-mystic religious figure Lancaster Dodd. And be sure to stick around for the whole thing, as the package ends with a “blooper” from the famous Processing scene, a fit of uncontrollable laughter that reveals just how fluidly Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman were able to slip in and out of these indelible characters.
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Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.
—Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus