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Phantom Thread (2017)

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Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
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Cast

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London Housekeeper
Sue Clark ...
Biddy
Joan Brown ...
Nana
Harriet Leitch ...
Pippa
Dinah Nicholson ...
Elsa
Julie Duck ...
Irma
Maryanne Frost ...
Winn
Elli Banks ...
Elli
Amy Cunningham ...
Mabel
Amber Brabant ...
Amber
Geneva Corlett ...
Geneva
Juliet Glaves ...
Florist
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Set in the glamour of 1950s 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, 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. Written by Focus Features

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Drama | Romance

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19 January 2018 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,023,275, 1 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,523,275, 1 April 2018
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Chosen by the National Board of Review as one of 2017's top ten films. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film won for Costume Design with five other nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Day-Lewis, and Supporting Actress for Manville. It also received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Actor - Drama (Day-Lewis) and Best Original Score, as well as four at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, winning for Costume Design. See more »

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A character says, "I don't mean to be racist . . ." That word didn't exist, at least in British English, in the 1950s. Someone might have used "racialist". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alma: Reynolds has made my dreams come true. And I have given him what he desires most in return.
Dr. Robert Hardy: And what's that?
Alma: Every piece of me.
Dr. Robert Hardy: He's a very demanding man, isn't he? Must be quite a challenge to be with him.
Alma: Yes. Maybe he is the most demanding man.
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The title is the very first thing shown in the film following the production company logos. There are no other opening credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

16 Waltzes, Op. 39 (1867 version), No. 11 in B Minor
Composed by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Idil Biret
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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When a film looses its thread
16 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Let us get this out of the way- Phantom Thread is a beautiful film with a great premise and promise. A couture dress designer (Daniel Day Lewis) is demanding in the extreme and finds a muse (Vicky Krieps). He enjoys using her as a dress model and a companion, but she wants more. Along the way, the director, Paul Thomas Anderson, throws hints of intrigue starting with the title of the film. There are empty pretensions of dress-making as high art, secret messages sown into dresses and haunting memories. All of this leads to- exactly nowhere. Everything Lewis and Krieps do is recorded lovingly and meticulously on film with great mood music in the background. But there is no great reveal, no deep insight into human psyche, no higher truth. In the end it comes down to what a woman wants and what the man can live with. Lewis and Krieps are excellent, especially Krieps, but Lesley Manville as Lewis's sister has the thankless job of looking stern in every scene. Nothing in the film sticks with you when you leave the theater except the dresses, photography and the music; because Anderson has not come up with anything really interesting in the story. Unlike his "There Will Blood", which was a great film, Phantom Thread is a phantom film. It is a beautiful ghost of what should have been a really good film. See it if you wish to say goodbye to Daniel Day Lewis, but keep your expectations low.


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