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.
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong with our generation: that residual punk rock guilt, like, “You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not fucking cool.” Don’t fucking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” It is cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”! Why the fuck not? Fuck you! That’s who I am, goddamn it! That whole guilty pleasure thing is full of fucking shit.
Every time someone asks what my guilty pleasures are, I say I don’t have any, because fuck feeling guilty for liking something.
THE GOSPEL OF ENTHUSIASM.
Make do. Like the Donner family.
“IN 1956 the Paris Review published a charmingly trenchant interview with William Faulkner. Like his novels, the man himself vacillated between cagey misdirection and evangelistic confidence:
INTERVIEWER: Some people say they can’t understand your writing, even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?
FAULKNER: Read it four times.”
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