During the 69th Annual Venice International Film Festival, the cast and crew of "The Master" held a photocall at Palazzo del Casino today (Sept. 1).
Appearing in his first major film since the bizarre 2010 documentary, "I'm Still Here," Joaquin Phoenix cleaned up well in a navy blue dress shirt, tie, and brown slacks.
Bearded co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman
went more casual in a brown short-sleeved shirt, black pants, and an old NY Rangers hat.
The Hollywood Reporter recently reviewed the Paul Thomas Anderson film, calling it an extraordinary character study. Critic Todd McCarthy raves, "Visually, 'The Master' is bracing, resplendent, almost hyper-sensitizing."
Of the enigmatic Joaquin, McCarthy surmises, "Perhaps Phoenix's so-called retirement four years ago was worthwhile, as he's never shown anything near the power, mystery and dangerous unpredictability he serves up as the emotionally inchoate Freddie."
His elder costar is equally praised, he's described as, "brilliantly focused, deliciously enunciating the man's many theories, sometimes while sweaty and red-faced from inebriation and at all times believable as a man capable of inspiring a faithful following."