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Second Unsettling Trailer Released For 'The Master'

The second trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama film, The Master has been released. Unlike the first teaser, which honed in on Joaquin Phoenix’s troubled sailor character, this one focuses more on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal of a titular demagogue.

The movie takes place in the 50’s and features the life of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), an uberly charismatic intellectual known as “The Master”.  Dodd becomes the leader of a faith-based, cult-like organization that begins to obtain rapid popularity in the United States. Phoenix plays a marginalized drifter who is mesmerized by Hoffman’s character and ends up as his second in command.

The Master trailer features no dizzying fast-paced action or loud and undulating  explosions, but both Hoffman and Phoenix seem to be throwing down some brilliant acting skills. What makes the trailer even more effective is the unsettling off-beat percussion used in the Jonny Greenwood written score.

This is the first film Anderson has directed in five years, while Phoenix had also gone missing since his last gig in David Gray’s 2008 romance drama Two Lovers. Amy Adams and Laura Dern also star in the film, which is set to be released in the US in October of 2012.

Check out Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in action in the new Master trailer below:


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