For the most part, I've been satisfied with the broad applicability of the statement seen above, but now that I've read Scott's most famous work, I'm glad that I hedged my bets somewhat with the statement about "exceptions. For most of the novel, Scott arranges events that lead the reader to expect a major fight-scene at the novel's climax, between the title character and the principal villain, the Templar Knight Bois-Guilbert.
Share via Email Paul Thomas Anderson: Matt Carr The Master rolls in midway through the Venice film festival. It comes billed as thunderstorm, a controversy, its arrival trailed by rumbles of dissent.
This, we are told, is the Scientology film, a veiled biopic of the demagogic L Ron Hubbard ; the movie that freaked Tom Cruise. In the event it turns out to be all that and more. So much more, in fact, that the delegates stumbling out from the screening appear momentarily nonplussed.
Written and directed by Paul Thomas AndersonThe Master charts the fortunes of lowly Freddie Quell, a volatile drifter who falls under the spell of charismatic Lancaster Dodd. Shuffling through the postwar west, Dodd plies his trade in town halls and parlours, spinning tales of reincarnation and space aliens and cooking up a new religion as his "gift to homosapiens".
What follows, though, is not so much a display of tabloid fireworks as a sweeping epic about hope, loss and the scars of war; a celebration of the American knack for self-renewal and a criticism of it too.
The Master contains multitudes. I meet the director in an upstairs ballroom of a Venice hotel, where sunlight bounces off the marble and the windows are thrown open to show the sea.
Anderson turned 42 last June. He has flecks of grey on his temples and three children at home with the actor Maya Rudolph. Yet the setting seems to galvanise him, stoking embers of the precocious young upstart who made Boogie Nights and Magnolia and then ushered Daniel Day-Lewis towards the best actor Oscar in There Will Be Blood.
Anderson is jumpy, excited, ready for battle. The Master has been dogged by so many rumours and so much misinformation that it is a relief to finally have it exposed. It is time he set the record straight. Yes, he concedes, the plot of his film parallels the life of Hubbard, a puckish free-thinker who founded Scientology in the s.
Anderson conceived the film as an adventure yarn and toyed with it for a decade. The Hubbard figure only showed up later.
Lancaster Dodd brought shape and focus — plus, of course, a whole new set of problems. Anderson agrees that the casting was key. Because he scares me.
I asked him to be in There Will Be Blood.
Is Anderson expecting any flak? In the first place the Church of Scientology retains a good deal of traction within the entertainment industry and stands accused of policing its image with a rigour that sometimes borders on intimidation.
That, at least, suggests a definite concern over how the movie might be read. And the impression people seemed to have is that if you do something about Scientology then it must obviously be an attack, when something like South Park can do that way better than I ever could.
And the screening was a way of reaching out and saying: Getting into it from that angle felt like fertile ground. All the lyrics are ghost stories, coming out of the war. Or science-fiction stories about travelling in time.The film won Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score – 20Ten and Welcome 2 Tours.
In January , Prince wrote a new song, "Purple and Gold", In return, Warner gave Prince ownership of the master recordings of his Warner recordings. In February Prince began what was billed as his 'Hit N Run Part One' tour. PLOT: A WW2 veteran, turned aimless drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) falls under the sway of the charismatic head of a new religion.
REVIEW: The oeuvre of Paul Thomas Anderson has, thus far, had two distinctly different styles, with the first part of his career (HARD EIGHT, BOOGIE NIGHTS, and MAGNOLIA) being fast-paced, sprawling, and hard .
Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled next film starts shooting soon, and the trickle of casting announcements is making it sound like a fantastic movie.
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Studio: It’s not a stretch to say that Saturday evening’s world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master at the Venice Film Festival is the year’s most avidly anticipated movie event.
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