The Master is an upcoming drama film that is certainly making its way to the top due to some controversial implications in the plot. The Master is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and features Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Jesse Plemons. So what makes The Master a movie that is closely being watched by people all over the world? Apparently upon the release of this film’s script, the comparisons of the film’s religious organization “The Cause” were directed to Scientology. The Master also puts Hoffman as the founder of this religious organization and the resemblance to the founder of Scientology founder: L. Ron Hubbard is portrayed very similarly. Even the year that the belief system was found was the same as when Hubbard started Scientology right after his service to the U.S. Navy in WWII. The talk and questions about this film’s relation to Scientology is definitely creating a lot of buzz as it awaits its premiere. In the mean time let’s take a look at Michael Cieply’s article on this upcoming movie: The Master
“Paul Thomas Anderson’s Film The Master: Is It About Scientology?
PIGEON droppings lie almost an inch thick in most of Building 69. It is a long red-brick storehouse, built during the Civil War and afterward in what used to be the Mare Island Naval Shipyard here. The interior is a filthy warren of tiny rooms, most empty, except for the pigeons, at least since the shipyard was decommissioned in the 1990s.
But a corner on the south side has been cleaned up. There just enough sunlight breaks through a window to illuminate what looks like a film-prop chalkboard marked with an elaborate schedule. It records the coming and going of freighters that are nowhere in sight.
With some imagination, and a dozen extras, this could pass for the maritime hiring hall where Freddie Quell, a drifter played by Joaquin Phoenix, looked for work back in about 1951, before stumbling through the docks of San Francisco to his much stranger destiny in a movie that is expected to be called “The Master.”
Clearly, Paul Thomas Anderson was here.
Somewhere in Los Angeles Mr. Anderson, 41, is now finishing what will be his sixth feature film. Fiercely protective of his process, he has declined to speak publicly about the movie. But the details suggest a story inspired by the founding of Scientology, and that has provoked industry whispers. With that church’s complicated Hollywood ties and high-profile adherents like Tom Cruise, a film even loosely based on it will guarantee discussion upon its release, on Oct. 12, by the Weinstein Company.
Directing a movie, Mr. Anderson once told The New York Times, is only half the job. “The other 50 percent,” he said, “is this gene of protectiveness and parenting and evil that safeguards your movie.”
That spirit still prevails. When Mr. Anderson’s crew shot for a month on Mare Island last year, using the wing of an old hospital for some scenes, an empty admiral’s mansion for others, the picture was blandly described as an “untitled western.” Mr. Anderson avoided publicity and left few traces — other than the fake shipping schedule, perhaps — of what promises to be a notable piece of period filmmaking.”
Read more about this film at The New York Times
The Master is due to be released in theatres on October 12th 2012
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