Started by polkablues, August 18, 2012, 01:41:45 AM
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Quote from: Brando on September 28, 2012, 11:01:49 AMListened to the Filmspotting podcast on my way to work this morning. One thing that was mentioned that I didn't catch on to or haven't seen mentioned as I casually scroll through Master summaries while at work, was that Freddie may have been impotent. He is completely obsessed with sex but never actually has any. As mentioned in the podcast he falls asleep at the dinner, He has an innocent relationship with a young girl and turns away the advances of Dodd's daughter. It's not until the end of the film he actually has sex. So maybe the Cause helped Freddie or as much as Freddie wanted to be helped.
Quote from: Cloudy on September 29, 2012, 03:52:39 PMTo Polka and Badass,I really enjoyed/agree with many of your perceptions of the film. I have to ask though: Do you really think Freddie has the perception and hindsight to see through The Master/The Cause like that? I ask because there is this boyish/animalistic aura around Freddie that almost makes it seem impossible for him to really read that far into things. His character is so confused and lost that I can barely believe for him to be thinking this far into it.
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman on September 29, 2012, 04:33:30 PMI think Freddie's goal, even if it's not a fully conscious goal, is to get to that Doris-ready state. Doris herself is not necessarily the goal. Right?
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman on September 29, 2012, 04:33:30 PMWould it be too bold to say Freddie is more interested in self-improvement than any other character?
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman on September 29, 2012, 04:42:17 PMAlso, I'm really liking this line of interpretation. The movie being about self-improvement at its core would bring it nicely back to Scientology (surprisingly?), with an original twist.
Quote from: polkablues on September 29, 2012, 04:43:20 PMI'm not sure there's a fundamental difference there. The self-improvement is initially the means to an end. It's not until after he discovers that he missed the boat with Doris that it becomes clear his self-improvement was the end itself.