'The Master' trailer: 'The only way to defend ourselves is to attack'

A new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master continues the impressionistic tone of the film’s advertising campaign. There’s a bit of stirring oratory from Philip Seymour Hoffman. There’s Joaquin Phoenix going full Method, raging and strangling and smooching. And there’s Amy Adams, quietly whispering “The only way to defend ourselves is to attack.”

It remains unclear just how closely the Hoffman character is based on real-life virtuoso L. Ron Hubbard. But we can all agree he has a hell of a mustache. Watch the trailer:

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