Word has it that Paul Thomas Anderson chopped and changed his cult drama on the hoof, leaving a powerful Phillip Seymour Hoffmand and an electrifying Joaquin Phoenix adrift in a bloated, slow-moving story.
Is it true? Now you can find out just how much of the film's captivating mind-play started out on the page by reading The Master screenplay online.
Find the PDF here, thanks to The Weinstein Company's sexy awards site.
For some of 2012's other best screenplays, flick through the rest of our advent calendar.