Archive for November 25th, 2012

by Allan Fish

(USA 2012 144mm)

To the poison

p  Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, Paul Thomas Anderson, JoAnne Sellar  d/w  Paul Thomas Anderson  ph  Mihai Malaimare Jnr  ed  Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty  m  Jonny Greenwood  art  David Crank, Jack Fisk, Amy Wells  cos  Mark Bridges

Joaquin Phoenix (Freddie Quell), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Lancaster Dodd), Amy Adams (Peggy Dodd (Jesse Clemons (Val Dodd), Laura Dern (Helen Sullivan), Lena Endre (Mrs Solstad), Madison Beaty (Doris Salstad), Ambys Childers (Elizabeth Dodd), Patty McCormack (Mildred Drummond), Amy Ferguson (Martha), W.Earl Brown,

When I first heard of The Master, long before it even went into pre-production, it had already become somewhat mythic.  It was supposed to be the film that looked at the sinister heart of cult beliefs and religions, a thinly disguised attack on Scientologists that to many potential viewers may have seemed long overdue.  But bear in mind the hotshots for whom L.Ron Hubbard’s dubious philosophy is part of their bloodstream, in particular the same Thomas Cruise Mapother IV who gave his greatest performance, and in money terms his seal of approval, in Magnolia by the self-same Paul Thomas Anderson.  There was a danger that modern cinema’s greatest potential master was out to blow himself up, like the naïve genius of Citizen Kane all over again.

When the finished film finally arrived, however, it turned out to be anything but that we might have expected or, for him at least, feared.  Indeed it’s hard at times to believe that it’s an original film at all.  You look at this mixed-up, anti-social, psychotic, almost impenetrable protagonists Freddie Quell and he feels like the antihero to one of the great American novels; that’s the genius, PTA has made the first great cine-novel.  It may be accentuated by the period (it’s set in the decade after World War II), but there are aspects of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Kerouac, even Ayn Rand.  (more…)

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by Allan Fish

Here we go again, without further a-do.

Best Picture Persona, Sweden (7 votes)

Best Director Ingmar Bergman, Persona (8 votes)

Best Actor Richard Burton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? & Per Oscarsson, Hunger (6 votes each, TIE)

Best Actress Bibi Andersson, Persona (13 votes)

Best Supp Actor Robert Shaw, A Man for All Seasons (10 votes)

Best Supp Actress Wendy Hiller, A Man for All Seasons (5 votes)

Best Cinematography Ghislain Cloquet, Au Hasard, Balthazar & Sven Nykvist, Persona (6 votes each, TIE)

Best Score Ennio Morricone, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (14 votes)

Best Short The Pink Blueprint, US, Friz Freleng & Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, US, Wolfgang Reitherman (2 votes each, TIE)

on to 1967…


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