Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
To: Lancaster Dodd
I’m writing to express concern in one of The Cause’s newest followers, Freddie Quell.
He is, it seems, incredibly unstable, a violent creature crippled by drink and sex. He is not one to roll over like the dragon which you spoke of at your lovely daughter’s wedding. I suspect none of this is a result of the war. I suspect, instead, he is just that damaged of a person. He very well could be beyond repair, which I hope you know is not a criticism of The Cause, but an observation of Freddie.
He is one that is far too distracted with nostalgia and memories. I believe he believes that those so-called feelings—and not The Cause—will one day save him. What good can come of his being one of us?
To write frankly, I do not understand your affection for Freddie. Why have you chosen him as a pet project? What can you accomplish together? Do you have a sexual interest? Do you see yourself in him?
In addition to myself and a few other followers, your wife, Peggy, also has her doubts as to where Freddie’s devotions lie. (Or so we have heard.)
I hope you find this letter—and all of our concerns—worth considering.
A Sheep Deeply Devoted to The Cause
Don’t trust your son, Val, either. He suspects you’re making this all up as you go along.
Unguided Message (7:59) offers on-set footage from a number of filming locations.
Let There Be Light (58:06): This 1946 documentary, directed by the legendary John Huston, observes treatment of World War II veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Also included are Teasers/Trailers.