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Mar 31, 2013
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What we really learn from deleted scenes

…what is great about deleted scenes is that they remind us that a work of art is not a sacred, inviolable artifact that springs fully formed from the head of anyone. Art is the result of choices made by—in the case of movies—directors, actors, editors, even producers and studio executives. We might tend to think that those in the latter category are more likely to ruin a movie than improve upon it, but, as Phipps acknowledges, sometimes director’s cuts are worse than what makes it to theaters.

Paul Thomas Anderson seems happily aware of the messiness of movie-making: While he is probably as artistically ambitious as any prominent contemporary American director, he mischievously sprinkles his movie trailers—which, in contrast to the usual Hollywood practice, he produces himself—with scenes that he hasn’t used in the film’s final cut…

I liked the trailers for The Master more than the movie, and for good reason—PTA cuts all of his own trailers, and has his hands in a lot of the marketing. I’ve read interviews with him where he talks about how cutting the teaser trailers is a nice break from filming, and it’s a chance for him to use stuff that’s lying on the cutting room floor:

[Editor] Leslie Jones and I, mainly more Leslie than me, started putting these pieces together when we were doing Punch-Drunk Love. We were doing these little tiny things we called scopitones. They were just ways to use pieces of the film that we liked but didn’t have a place for in the movie. It was just something to do when you kinda didn’t want to work on the film for an afternoon — just messing around.

I still need to get The Master on Blu-ray to watch all of these. Here’s a list of all the deleted scenes in The Master.

(Source: youtube.com)

Dec 27, 2012
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The party’s definitely finished, but you’re sort of left to do the dishes.

Dec 13, 2012
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The Visual References Of ‘The Master’

0:10 Image from “GULLIVER’S TRAVELS”
0:16 Image from “BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN”
0:21 JACK NICHOLSON in ANTONIONI’S “THE PASSENGER”
0:31 OVERHEAD SHOT of the ocean from “THE BLACK STALLION”
0:40 JOB INTERVIEW scene from KUBRICK’S “THE SHINING”
0:52 OPENING SCENE from JONATHAN DEMME’S “MELVIN AND HOWARD”
All the black and white footage comes from John Huston’s “LET THERE BE LIGHT”

From the wonderful blog Cigarettes & Red Vines

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Sep 22, 2012
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? SMALL BUSINESS

Screenshot from Let There Be Light (YouTube) John Huston’s 1946 documentary about soldiers returning from World War II with PTSD. Paul Thomas Anderson claims it was a major influence on The Master — and admitted, “There’s stuff that we kind of ripped off, line for line, from that film.”

? SMALL BUSINESS

Screenshot from Let There Be Light (YouTube) John Huston’s 1946 documentary about soldiers returning from World War II with PTSD. Paul Thomas Anderson claims it was a major influence on The Master — and admitted, “There’s stuff that we kind of ripped off, line for line, from that film.”

Jul 20, 2012
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Official trailer for The Master. Holy shit. (Previously)

(Source: youtube.com)

Jun 19, 2012
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Another trailer for PT Anderson’s The Master.

Amy Adams, too? God, I can’t wait to see this.

(Source: youtube.com)

May 21, 2012
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Teaser trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master

Hell. Yes.

(Source: youtube.com)

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