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First Look: Period Costumes & Photos for P.T. Anderson's 'The Master'

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December 10, 2011
Source: BlackBook

The Master

One film that I know many cinephiles are looking forward to coming next year is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, his follow-up to There Will Be Blood, essentially about Scientology, following an intellectual known as "the Master" (Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose "faith-based organization" nurtures a following in America in the 50s. We reported earlier this week that Jonny Greenwood would be back to score the film, as it was filmed this fall and PTA is currently editing. In the meantime, I recently came across an interesting selection of B&W photos via BlackBook that photographer Jack Erling snapped while on a set of this film.

As it is done shooting, I'm not sure when or where they were taken, and BlackBlook doesn't provide context either. "Photographer Jack Erling was lucky enough to snap a few photos of the action backstage during filming of The Master, catching extras in costume between takes. No celebs, but you can get a first taste of that vintage Anderson flavor." These are certainly worth a look anyway. Click on any to see the full gallery.

Jack Erling's The Master PhotosJack Erling's The Master Photos

Jack Erling's The Master PhotosJack Erling's The Master Photos

Jack Erling's The Master PhotosJack Erling's The Master Photos

Above are six photos that are my favorites and images that I think give us a little hint at the atmosphere and costumes and style of PTA's new 50's-set film. Obviously these aren't a real first look at any main characters, but as our very first impression of what we'll be seeing in The Master, I'm glad I came across them anyway.

P.T. Anderson's new film The Master, which finally got funding and filmed earlier this year around Crockett, California and San Francisco, is a 1950s-set drama about the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose "faith-based organization" begins to catch on in 1950's America, and a young drifter named Freddie who becomes his right-hand man (played by Joaquin Phoenix). As everything builds, however, Freddie begins to question the system he’s helped to create, and is equally drawn to the Master's daughter (Amy Adams). The supporting cast includes Laura Dern, David Warshofsky, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, Madisen Beaty, Joshua Close and Fiona Dourif. We expect to see this sometime in 2012, but no release info is available yet, as it was produced independently.

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  • Lebowski
    Goddamn this looks so good. And Bravo to PT Anderson for sticking it to those homophobic cultist douche bag Scientologists.
    • peloquin
      Unlike the homophobic cultist douche bag Christians?  It's just another religion and it's no different than any of the other ones...
      • Lebowski
        Bullshit. Utter bullshit. At least christian, muslim and buddhist churches do things like run charities and support the homeless and so on. Scientology is a cult (not a religion) that is wholly devoted to enriching it's top members, and defrauding those members beneath them. Not to mention the human slavery that they practice in Sea Org, and the well documented cases of stalking and harassment they have engaged in. They also forcibly separate families. Fuck Scientology. It is an evil, destructive cult and should be destroyed.
        • peloquin
          The Pope takes a vow of poverty and service, and then sits on a golden throne while children get raped and starve around him .  This does not sound any better than Scientology to me, they're both detrimental to society and to me it's hard to say which is the worst religion because they're all equally bad.
        • peloquin
          "Bullshit. Utter bullshit. At least christian, muslim and buddhist churches do things like run charities and support the homeless and so on. Scientology is a cult (not a religion) that is wholly devoted to enriching it's top members, and defrauding those members beneath them. Not to mention the human slavery that they practice in Sea Org, and the well documented cases of stalking and harassment they have engaged in. They also forcibly separate families. Fuck Scientology. It is an evil, destructive cult and should be destroyed. "
        • peloquin
          Oh so the Pope's just one of the "bad Christians," and  since there are some good ones that means we can't judge them as a whole?  "Scientologists believe in the principle that some form of exchange is necessary in any relationship. If a person only receives and never gives, he will lose his own self-respect and become an unhappy person. Therefore, Scientology-sponsored charity programs often encourage those receiving the charity to make their own contribution in exchange by personally helping others who are in need. Such contributions enable one to receive help and yet maintain their self-respect." The "Scientology Volunteer Ministers" cooked and served meals to workers cleaning up after Hurricane Lili in Louisiana along with Scientology’s literacy campaign, called HELP, which assists inner city children using tutors to teach them to read and be more active in their education. There are several Scientology based charities and if you're saying that they're a corporation setup to enrich their top members than they don't even come close to the Catholic Church when it comes to gross profit, have you seen the Vatican?  My point is not to defend Scientology, but to show you that they're all nothing but money making schemes taking advantage of desperate people while the top members get drunk on power and wealth.
  • Marcus
    so excited to see Joaquin Phoenix in a new film!

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