The Master, possibly the most highly anticipated movie of the fall, is adding a Texas leg to Paul Thomas Anderson’s schedule of special showings designed to whet cinephile appetites ahead of the movie’s national release later this month.
The Master, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, will screen at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Austin at 7:30 p.m. Monday in 70mm, the widespreen format that Anderson prefers. Proceeds will go to The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s film preservation organization.
The movie, which officially debuted at the Venice Film Festival and had its North American premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, is considered a strong Oscar candidate in several categories.
It previously had a special surprise screening in Los Angeles and a benefit screening in Chicago. The Master opens Sept. 14 in limited release and starts to expand on Sept. 21.
Anderson cut an exclusive clip for the special Austin event, which I’ve posted below. It shows Joaquin Phoenix taking a military Rorschach test and revealing (in language that you may not want your children or coworkers to hear) that there’s only one thing on his mind.
Phoenix stars in The Master as a troubled former serviceman who becomes involved with a charismatic figure (Hoffman) who is launching a new religious movement. Adams plays the wife of Hoffman’s character, who is loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard, though Anderson has said the film is not about the Scientology founder.