After reflection, Phantom Thread is 50 Shades of Grey for the intellectual. Daniel Day-Lewis played his role of the irascible genius to the hilt, a lot of grunting, pouting and yelling. You assume that he maintains total control of his domain. He chooses women he can pick up and put down at will. Soon it becomes evident that his sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville) surreptitiously controls his world, offering to give his lover “the October dress” and off she goes. When Alma (Vicky Krieps) senses that her time is coming to an end, she turns the table on him. She feeds him just enough poison mushrooms to make him violently ill. Only she can tend to him so she is in complete control. Soon, it becomes their little routine that is he is complicit.
The sound played an interesting character in the movie, showing when he was done with his paramour. When buttering her toast or clicking her teeth on her spoon distracts him to the point of not being able work. The cinematography, set design and costumes are gorgeous.
We were able to see this film courtesy of the USA Film Festival at a screening.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Q&A with Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
|Principle Cast||Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville|
|Director||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Screenwriter||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Cinematographer||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Run Time||130 minutes|
|Premier||November 24, 2017|
|Academy Award Nominations||Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Lesley Manville
Best Achievement in Directing – Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges
Best Original Score – Jonny Greenwood