The film "The Master" cast a spell on viewers at the Venice festival on Saturday with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a charismatic leader loosely based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
US film director Paul Thomas Anderson (L) , producer Harvey Weinstein (C), and actor Joaquin Phoenix pose during the photocall of "The Master" during the 69th Venice Film Festival. The Scientology-inspired film cast a spell on viewers at the festival.
Hoffman's character takes a troubled World War II vet played by a feral Joaquin Phoenix under his wing in this latest work by Oscar-winner Paul Thomas Anderson, director of "Boogie Nights" and "There Will Be Blood."
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