Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

144 minutes. USA, 2012. 70mm.

This film screened 7th, 8th & 10th May 2016.

On its release, it was always the IFI’s intention that The Master receive a screening here on 70mm. For reasons entirely beyond our control, it has taken until now for this to happen, but we are delighted to finally be able to keep the promise made to audiences in 2012. WWII veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix, in a remarkable performance as a man floundering and visibly uncomfortable in his own skin) drifts from job to job, unable to adjust to life in peacetime, seeking comfort in alcohol, before connecting with Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), leader of quasi-religious movement ‘The Cause’ (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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