Phantom Thread


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 centre 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.


Academy Awards:
Won: Best Costume Design
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), Best Original Score

BAFTA Awards:
Won :
  Best Costume Design

Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score

Critics Views

“Just as a beautiful gown is created from unique design and exquisite fabric, so too is this bewitching film about secrets, obsession and elegance. Paul Thomas Anderson’s screenplay is the design; his direction the fabric in a tale that rises and falls like a magnificent, if tempestuous wave on a stormy day. It leaves us breathless.” Eye for Film

“There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in its strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance.” The Guardian

“The odd scenarios keep coming, fast and thick. Phantom Thread is built along the theoretically familiar lines of gothic romance – if you had to pick a predecessor, it would probably be Hitchcock’s Rebecca – but it’s very hard in the moment to work out where on earth it’s going, or even how conventionally romantic Reynolds and Alma’s relationship actually is.” The Telegraph

Film Rating

 Critics: 90%  Audience 78%

Rotten Tomatoes
All Critics positive review 94%  All Critics score 87% Audience liked it 70%

Stockbridge Audience: 75%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 20
Good 37
Average 11
Poor 3
Very Poor 1

Date: Wednesday 18 July

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Length:  2hrs 10mins

Genre: Drama Romance

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

WriterPaul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Rating: 15
Strong language

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