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70mm Film Fest: "The Master"

When Paul Thomas Anderson filmed "The Master" in 2012, he felt the best way to showcase his ideas and images was to use the enhanced resolution and presentation possible with 70mm film.  Now, the Music Box is offering a too-rare opportunity to see this movie in the exact format the director intended, one that adds a weight and texture not only to its views of life in post-WW2 America, but to the already nuanced work of Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last great performances.

Getting advance tickets to the movie is highly recommended, you can pick them up at:

https://ticketing.musicboxtheatre.com/Ticketing/visSelectTickets.aspx?cinemacode=0000000001&txtSessionId=2252&visLang=1

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  • Kristine

    I don't see it mentioned on this page, and I'm not sure who's aware, so allow me to notify you all that "The Master" is currently streaming on Netflix. Perfect opportunity to go back and review some favorite -- and/or confounding -- scenes!

    3 · July 22, 2014

    • Al

      Even better, the Netflix stream has subtitles, so you can finally understand some of what Freddie is mumbling about! For example, instead of "Oops - it fell out.", turns out Freddie actually says, "From half a world away, the Process continues anew; a Process of which I am both Creator and Creation. Oops - it fell out."

      2 · July 23, 2014

    • Kristine

      LOL!

      July 23, 2014

  • Nanci

    When they last meet, was Dodd implying that he and Freddie were soul mates who had met before? Was Dodd hoping for a sexual relationship, but Freddie told him maybe in our next life (since only one of them was gay)? Was Dodd's wife referring to Freddie when she said it would be okay to have a discreet affair? Al, what was in the shot before the bathroom scene?

    July 23, 2014

    • Al

      * Dodd says he and Freddie used to work in a post office in 1700s Paris besieged by the Prussians (who else would want to see this as a movie, BTW? Just make sure you keep the stamp glue away from Freddie...)

      * Dodd definitely has some undue affection for Freddie, but is it sexual? Paternal? It's open for interpretation.

      * Peggy might have been referring to Freddie, but it's unlikely (homosexuality was very taboo in that period, and the fledgling religion has too much at stake).

      * Right before the bathroom scene we have Dodd dancing and singing among the suddenly naked women. Usually you're seeing Dodd's whole figure, but at the very end it's framed so you can't see his head, and his pants are dead center in the screen.

      July 23, 2014

  • Paul G

    I ran across this interesting article on 70mm vs Digital, and it specifically references "The Master":
    http://twitchfilm.com/2012/09/jason-gorbers-cineruminations-70mm-4k-and-the-master-split-personality.html
    Compared to most of the other articles I found, this one is less based on emotion and more on fact.

    July 22, 2014

    • Al

      Thanks for the link - it's an incredibly thorough comparison of the two formats. Don't know how to feel yet that the "cigarette burn" in the upper right when the film changes reels was probably faked.

      July 22, 2014

    • Lisa T

      Great article. It helped to explain why The Master didn't look as wide screen as I had expected. After just having seen 2001, I was expecting the same aspect ratio, and it wasn't quite the same.

      July 23, 2014

  • Jeff

    If anyone was interested, I wrote this back in May but the viewing last night didn't change my opinion at all:
    http://letterboxd.com/ffej/film/the-master-2012/

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Al

      Nice review Jeff! I recommend people check it out - it's a concise yet comprehensive look at what's great about the movie and where it falls short.

      Thanks also to bringing up the contents of the deleted scenes during the Meetup, especially the one where Freddie is meeting Doris in response to a letter she sent. This scene gives a compelling angle to Freddie's character - he responds when "summoned", which would add a specific reason why he's attracted to the Cause.

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Paul G

    I had a great time discussing this film with the group. It definitely added to the experience of seeing this movie, and I now have a better understanding of it than I otherwise would have. Thanks!

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • Lisa T

    What a great discussion! Looking forward to the next meetup!

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • Al

    Two great video recommendations as well. One was "Let There Be Light", a movie about shell-shocked WW2 veterans returning from the war effort, directed by the great John Huston, and an inspiration to the first part of "The Master" (thanks Lisa!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiD6bnqpJDE

    And then, since "The Master" is such a complex and intense movie, you'd want to lighten the mood with a zany heartwarming comedy, like "Shining":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfout_rgPSA

    July 22, 2014

    • Al

      (And Jeff, if you're wondering what's the concern expressed in the bathroom scene, pop in the DVD and look at what's dead center in the shot immediately before that scene. 8)

      July 22, 2014

  • Al

    It's more than worth watching this failed misfire of a movie again, if I knew it would lead to the kind of great thoughts and ideas we got to talk about during this Meetup! Some such cool insights were * The complexities in Mr. & Mrs. Dodd's relationship
    * How the movie might be Freddie's imagination once he gets the call in the theater
    * How the department store "model" works as both a mannequin and a predator for Freddie.
    * Peggy's pregnancy putting her "off limits" to Freddie
    * Freddie "tuned" to consume and absorb the unnatural and unhealthy around him
    * How Freddie's inadvertently promoting the Master's teachings without knowing it, including creating the Master's image through his photography.
    * How Freddie's responding to an idealized "Doris Day" figure, not a real person.
    * How Peggy treats Freddie seriously in dealing with him, as opposed to Dodd, who treats him like a child or pet to sing to.
    * The ways people can relate to Freddie through the suffering he went through.

    3 · July 22, 2014

  • Rebecca M.

    Sorry guys, I'm trying to not over commit myself this week. Enjoy the film for me :), such a good one :)

    July 21, 2014

  • Paul G

    Do you guys discuss the film afterwards? If yes, where? How about tomorrow for "The Master"?

    July 20, 2014

    • Al

      We'll definitely have a discussion after the movie! Most likely it will be at Cullen's Tavern just north of the Music Box.

      July 20, 2014

    • Paul G

      Great, I'll be there!

      July 21, 2014

  • Kristine

    Getting very excited to see this great film again!! FYI: I am likely going to be a bit late -- but Eric S. plans to arrive in a timely manner and hold a seat for me. I'll do my best to get there before the curtain rises.

    July 20, 2014

  • Alma

    Sorry won't be joining you guys. Got sick :-( See you next time!

    July 19, 2014

    • Al

      Too bad you can't make the showing - get well soon!

      1 · July 19, 2014

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