Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Master: L. Ron Hubbard?

The ultimate Fayette Factor movie is on its way. 

Coming sooner than you can imagine is The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The movie reportedly is about "The Cause," a seemingly disguised religion that has been compared to Scientology. 
It is due for release on October 12, 2012.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a character named "Lancaster Dodd." Dodd has a great deal in common with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986).  One item being mentioned on locations such as Wikipedia is that Hubbard "served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and after his release from the hospital founded the belief system" today called "Scientology" in 1952. 
In The Master, 1952 is the year for the founding of the film's religion too.
That's L for Lafayette, by the way, in Hubbard's name.

How deeply will this film explore the amazing fabric that is there to examine?

Even one-third of the occult material available from the life of L. Ron Hubbard would be intriguing to view via Anderson's directing abilities:

In August 1945 Hubbard moved into the Pasadena mansion of John "Jack" Whiteside Parsons. A leading rocket propulsion researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Parsons led a double life as an avid occultist and Thelemite, follower of the English ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley and leader of a lodge of Crowley's magical order, Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). He let rooms in the house only to tenants who he specified should be "atheists and those of a Bohemian disposition."
Hubbard befriended Parsons and soon became sexually involved with Parsons's 21-year-old girlfriend, Sara "Betty" Northrup.


Paul Thomas Anderson is also the director of Magnolia, the 1999 film which has become a Fortean classic, complete with frog falls, Charles Fort book covers, synchronicity incidents, and more. My chapter examining the 1999 film more closely is entitled, "The Teleporting Animals and Magnolia," and is in my book, Mysterious America.


Red Pill Junkie said...

So they chose Columbus day as the release date, huh?

You think Amy Adams' character is supposed to represent Marjorie Cameron?

Loren Coleman said...

RPJ, probably not.

Amy Adams plays Mary Sue Dodd, a character that "suspiciously resembles" Hubbard’s third wife, Mary Sue, as the Village Voice newspaper notes.

Jason said...

Subliminals are all over that "Magnolia" poster.

Michael said...

That is a Masonic "A" in the poster, resembling the compass and square.

Anonymous said...

10/12 is also Aleister Crowley's birth date...

Mick said...

Lancaster Dodd

Dodd - C.H. Dodd was influential Protestant theologian and writer

Lancaster - Anabaptist (i.e. Amish) came out of Protestant Reform and settled in Lancaster CO, PA