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Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t release films with the regularity of, say, Woody Allen. With PTA, it’s quality over quantity – so when he has a feature in the pipeline, cinema fanatics usually get excited. When one’s filmography includes Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, the brilliant Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood, you can understand the anticipation. And that’s why we’re chomping at the bit for The Master.
Anderson teases the Oct. 12 release with actual photos of the film’s 65mm negatives being cut. He shared them with his fan site Cigarettes and Red Vines, who in turn shared them with CandlerBlog. Now we’re sharing them with you:
Anderson accompanied the visuals with the description, “These shots include our lovely Negative Cutter, Simone, imported all the way from France to cut 65mm negative. She does it all with a pair of scissors from Staples.” How do you not love that? Let everyone else go digital. Let them all play with 3D. PTA will stick with what has worked pretty well for him since 1993, thank you very much.
We don’t know a lot about The Master yet. It’s set in the 1950s, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of a slowly-growing faith-based organization, analyzing the relationship he has with a drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) who becomes his right-hand man. Amy Adams and Laura Dern also star in what will be Anderson’s first film in five years. That’s too long. Can you understand now why October can’t get here soon enough?