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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicky Krieps ... Alma
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Reynolds Woodcock
Lesley Manville ... Cyril
Julie Vollono ... London Housekeeper
Sue Clark Sue Clark ... Biddy
Joan Brown Joan Brown ... Nana
Harriet Leitch Harriet Leitch ... Pippa
Dinah Nicholson Dinah Nicholson ... Elsa
Julie Duck Julie Duck ... Irma
Maryanne Frost Maryanne Frost ... Winn
Elli Banks Elli Banks ... Elli
Amy Cunningham Amy Cunningham ... Mabel
Amber Brabant Amber Brabant ... Amber
Geneva Corlett Geneva Corlett ... Geneva
Juliet Glaves Juliet Glaves ... Florist
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom Thread See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Thomas Anderson disputed reports that he served as his own cinematographer, stating that while no director of photography was hired, he collaborated with and was advised by his camera operators and gaffers, since he does not have the technical expertise of a cinematographer. 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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Crazy Credits

The typeface used for the credits is called Reynolds Stone and it was created by English wood engraver, typographer, and designer Reynolds Stone, who was a close friend of the parents of Daniel Day-Lewis. See more »

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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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When a film looses its thread
16 January 2018 | by axbSee 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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