After seeing Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, I firmly believe it’s something the world will be talking about for a very, very long time.
I for one really enjoyed the subtext and the nearly endless literary and historical references (Excluding the obvious biopic stuff about L. Ron Hubbard’s life). To me it was obviously about much more than Scientology and or self serving self help groups; it was about broader concepts and ideas about what makes us happy as human beings. And also about what really makes us go mad.
As far as those literary references go, they might just include:
Anything by Thomas Mann
And many, many more-depending on your point of view…(I can’t give you all the answers now, can I? Where’s the fun in that?)
All in all it’s a rich film full of amazing moments of both collapse and revelation that are hard to put into words.
I’ll lastly say with confidence: The first twenty minutes of The Master seemed like an offshoot or a re-imagining of John Huston’s 1946 documentary about World War II veterans titled, “Let There Be Light.” As a matter of fact I’m damn positive about this. If you’re curious about Visions of Light, its a free download at:
(By the way-my whole theory of “Let there be light,” was verified a week ago when Joaquin Phoenix admitted that “Light” was a big influence on the film and his character.)
Don’t miss viewing The Master in the theater, in the glorious 65mm-70mm cinematic dream it was shot in. This is a true post modern dream come to life.
Even Sigmund Freud would’ve agreed with me-it’s about so much more than just a film….