Water and Enlightenment in Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER

In this video essay, One Perfect Shot traces the spiritual evolution and devolution of Freddie Quell, the protagonist of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, demonstrating how pivotal moments in his character’s transformation are paired with water-based symbolism.




Fluids, Elements & Bodies

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Symbolism & Motifs


Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master