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Phantom Thread


Year: 2017 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson 
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville  
An image from Phantom Thread

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19:30 Tuesday 9th November 2021


Shortly before the release of Phantom Thread, actor Daniel Day Lewis announced that it would be the last performance of his career. Upon seeing the film, one can understand why – with his lead role as the haunted artist, obsessive perfectionist dress designer Reynolds Woodcock, Lewis delivers the performance of a lifetime, ending his career on an undisputable bang, in one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s most spectacular directorial accomplishments.

The film follows the turbulent relationship between Reynolds and Alma (Vicky Krieps, who, unlike Lewis, did not quite receive the recognition she deserved for her performance), a waiter-turned-muse, whose veiled strength of will and unexpectedly tenacious self-identity get in the way of Reynolds attempts to fashion her according to his own vision. The film, then, delves into the continuous, devious negotiation of the power dynamics within Woodcock’s household, with his sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville), also participating in the game for control. Spatial and visual imagery pervade every scene, with Mark Bridges’ dresses becoming much more than simple pieces of clothing, but inviolable symbols of worth, virtue, verging on divinity. Every movement is accompanied by Johnny Greenwood’s magnificent score, which directs our attention, floods every sequence, and never allows the audience to forget its presence. Phantom Thread is a visual treat. Elegant and delicate, yet simultaneously twisted, and dark; if one lesson could be taken from this film (not about love, or relationships, or the fashion industry) is that the Devil is, truly, in every carefully devised detail. With a witty and intelligent script, and Anderson’s scrupulous and masterful hand, Phantom Thread is but a modern cinematic triumph.

Marta Meazza

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Screenings of this film:

2017/2018 Summer Term (digital)
2017/2018 Summer Term (digital)
2021/2022 Autumn Term (35mm)