The Phantom Thread thread - Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis Reunite to Tackle the Fashion World


In what is rumoured to be his final performance, Daniel Day Lewis plays a fashion designer in 1950s England in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread. Anderson will be acting as his own cinematographer for the first time, and will also be collaborating again with Johnny Greenwood. Focus Features will be releasing the film December 25, 2017.

“Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Leslie Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants 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.”


And this is the Phantom Thread thread.

I’m always up for a PTA movie!


Haha, I’m totally stealing that!


I am so psyched for this… I have loved all of PTAs movies, even the ones that received mixed reactions like The Master. His best, in my view, was There Will Be Blood which also starred DDL, so I have high hopes indeed.

Although it is obviously too early to tell, from the trailer it looks like Vicky Krieps can really act. Has anyone seen her in something else?


TWBB is one of my favourite movies of all time. I’d argue that it’s one of the greatest movies of all time.


You’d get no argument from me!

Back to this movie, did anyone else think it overtly hinted at some sexual deviancy, maybe S&M?


“Before making the film, I didn’t know I was going to stop acting. I do know that Paul and I laughed a lot before we made the movie. And then we stopped laughing because we were both overwhelmed by a sense of sadness. That took us by surprise: We didn’t realize what we had given birth to. It was hard to live with. And still is.”

I wondered why a man who is widely acknowledged as the greatest actor of his generation, who has won three ­Academy Awards for best actor and is magical onscreen, would want to walk away from his profession. “I haven’t figured it out,” he said. “But it’s settled on me, and it’s just there. Not wanting to see the film is connected to the decision I’ve made to stop working as an actor. But it’s not why the sadness came to stay. That happened during the telling of the story, and I don’t really know why.”


Reviews are really positive for this. It’s too bad I can’t read any of them. Don’t want one iota (beyond the trailer) spoiled.