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Phantom Thread is a 2017 American romantic historical period drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, set in London's couture world in the 1950s. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a couturier living with his sister, played by Lesley Manville. He falls in love with a young waitress, played by Vicky Krieps; the couple's relationship vacillates between affection and distance as they struggle to live with each other's differences.[6] The film was Day-Lewis's final film role before reportedly entering retirement.[7]

Phantom Thread
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Produced by
Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring
Music by Jonny Greenwood
Edited by Dylan Tichenor
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11) (Walter Reade Theater)
  • December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25) (United States)
Running time
130 minutes[2]
Country United States[3]
Language English
Budget $35 million[4]
Box office $32.8 million[5]

The film is Anderson's first shoot outside the United States, with principal photography beginning in January 2017 in Lythe, England. It is his second collaboration with Day-Lewis, following There Will Be Blood (2007), and his fourth with composer Jonny Greenwood.

Phantom Thread premiered in New York City on December 11, 2017, and was released in the United States on December 25, 2017.[8] The film received critical acclaim, with praise for Day-Lewis's performance, Anderson's screenplay and direction, the musical score, and production value; it was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of 2017's top ten films.[9] At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned six 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,[10] as well as four at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Day-Lewis, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Manville, and Best Film Music for Greenwood.[11]

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PlotEdit

In 1950s London, renowned fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock creates dresses and garments for members of high society. His charisma and genius is matched by his obsessive, controlling personality. Cyril, his sister, manages the day-to-day operations of his eponymous luxury fashion house and has significant influence over his life. Reynolds is haunted by the death of their mother, and stitches hidden messages into the linings of the dresses he makes.

After debuting a new piece for one of his clients, Reynolds visits a restaurant in the countryside and becomes interested in a waitress named Alma. He asks her out on a date, and she accepts. Their relationship develops, and she soon moves in with him and acts as his muse, assistant, and love interest. Cyril is initially distrustful of Alma but eventually gains respect for her willfulness and determination.

At first, Alma enjoys being a part of his creativity and seeing him work, but Reynolds proves hard to please and aloof. They bicker constantly; when Alma attempts to make him a romantic dinner, Reynolds lashes out over how the meal is prepared and repeats to her that he will not tolerate any deviations from the daily routines that he has worked hard at perfecting.

Wanting to regain her power in their relationship, Alma decides to poison his tea with some wild mushroom shavings she has gathered outside the house. As he readies a wedding gown for a Belgian princess, Reynolds becomes gravely ill and later hallucinates the ghost of his mother, but Alma takes care of him. He soon recovers, finds himself deeply moved by Alma’s devotion and asks her to marry him. She initially hesitates but agrees to marry.

The relationship goes well at first but soon devolves back to a pattern of bickering and fighting. As Reynolds feels his work severely affected by Alma's presence and their marriage, he concludes it may be time to send her away. Alma responds by poisoning his omelette, but this time Reynolds deduces what she has done. She informs him that she wants him to be weak and vulnerable so she alone can take care of him, help him get stress relief and regain his strength and creativity, just so she can poison him again. Reynolds accepts the idea and bites into the food, submitting to his dark love for her. As he lies sick, Alma imagines their future with children, a rich social life, and her running the dressmaking business as a partner. She acknowledges that while there may be challenges ahead, their love for each other and their new arrangement can overcome them.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Anderson became interested in the fashion industry by reading about designer Cristóbal Balenciaga,[15] and the story is loosely modeled on the British fashion designer Charles James.[16]

Principal photography began in late January 2017 in Lythe, United Kingdom,[17][18] with a number of other locations in the North York Moors National Park also featuring, including Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes.[19]

Daniel Day-Lewis drives a maroon Bristol 405 around Whitby (Yorkshire). [20] Filming also took place in 2017 at Owlpen Manor in the Cotswolds[21] and in the London neighborhood of Fitzrovia, in Fitzroy Square, and Grafton Mews.[22]

It was reported in June 2017 that Anderson would be serving as his own cinematographer on the film as Robert Elswit was unavailable during production.[23] However, Anderson refuted the claim in November, stating that there is no official credit for the cinematography and that it was a "collaborative effort".[15]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

As of February 22, 2018, Phantom Thread has grossed $18.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $10.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $28.5 million, against a production budget of $35 million.[5]

After three weeks in limited release where it made a total of $2.8 million, the film was added to 834 theaters on January 19, 2018 (for a total of 896) and grossed $3.8 million over the weekend, finishing 12th at the box office.[24] The following weekend, following the announcement of its six Oscar nominations and being added to an additional 125 theaters, the film dropped 11% to $2.9 million.[25]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 256 reviews, and an average rating of 8.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Phantom Thread's finely woven narrative is filled out nicely by humor, intoxicating romantic tension, and yet another impressively committed performance from Daniel Day-Lewis."[26] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 90 out of 100 based on 51 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[27]

The A.V. Club's A. A. Dowd gave the film an A−, calling it a "charitable and even poignantly hopeful take on the subject [of being in a relationship with an artist]" and said that "in the simple, refined timelessness of its technique, Phantom Thread is practically a love letter to classic aesthetic values—cinematic, sartorial, or otherwise".[16]

AccoladesEdit

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
AACTA International Awards January 5, 2018 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [28]
AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards February 5, 2018 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [29][30][31]
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville Nominated
Academy Awards March 4, 2018 Best Picture JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Pending [32]
Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Pending
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Pending
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville Pending
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Pending
Best Costume Design Mark Bridges Pending
Austin Film Critics Association January 8, 2018 Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Nominated [33]
Boston Society of Film Critics December 10, 2017 Best Film Phantom Thread Won [34]
Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Won
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Won
British Academy Film Awards February 18, 2018 Best Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [35]
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Lesley Manville Nominated
Best Film Music Jonny Greenwood Nominated
Best Costume Design Mark Bridges Won
Chicago Film Critics Association December 12, 2017 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [36]
[37]
Best Actress Vicky Krieps Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
Best Art Direction Phantom Thread Nominated
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Won
Costume Designers Guild February 20, 2018 Excellence in Period Film Mark Bridges Nominated [38]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 11, 2018 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [39]
Best Production Design Mark Tildesley and Véronique Melery Nominated
Best Costume Design Mark Bridges Won
Best Score Jonny Greenwood Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association December 13, 2017 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Runner-up [40]
Detroit Film Critics Society December 7, 2017 Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated [41]
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated
Best Use of Music Phantom Thread Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle December 23, 2017 Best Art Direction and Production Design Phantom Thread Nominated [42]
[43]
Best Score Jonny Greenwood Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association January 12, 2018 Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Nominated [44]
Golden Globe Awards January 7, 2018 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [45]
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll December 19, 2016 Most Anticipated of 2017 Phantom Thread 4th Place [46]
December 19, 2017 Best Picture Phantom Thread 4th Place [47]
Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Won
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis 2nd Place
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville 4th Place
Best Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson 3rd Place
Best Cinematography Paul Thomas Anderson 3rd Place
Location Managers Guild Awards February, 2018 Outstanding Locations in Period Film Jason Wheeler Nominated [48]
London Film Critics' Circle January 28, 2018 Best Film Phantom Thread Nominated [49]
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville Won
Best Screenwritter Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
Best British/Irish Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated
Technical Achievement Award Mark Bridges Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association December 3, 2017 Best Music Jonny Greenwood Won [50]
National Board of Review January 9, 2018 Best Original Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson Won [51]
Top Ten Films Phantom Thread Won
National Society of Film Critics January 6, 2018 Best Film Phantom Thread 3rd Place [52]
Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson 2nd Place
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis 2nd Place
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville 2nd Place
Best Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson 3rd Place
New York Film Critics Circle January 3, 2018 Best Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson Won [53]
New York Film Critics Online December 10, 2017 Top Ten Films Phantom Thread Won [54]
Online Film Critics Society December 28, 2017 Best Picture Phantom Thread Nominated [55]
[56]
Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society December 11, 2017 Best Costume Design Mark Bridges Won[a] [57]
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards December 10, 2017 Best Production Design Mark Tildsley Nominated [58]
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Won
Satellite Awards February 10, 2018 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [59]
Best Art Direction and Production Design Mark Tildesley Nominated
Best Costume Design Mark Bridges Won
Seattle Film Critics Society December 18, 2017 Best Picture of the Year Phantom Thread Nominated [60]
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville Nominated
Best Costume Design Mark Bridges Won
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Won
Best Production Design Mark Tildesley and Véronique Melery Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association December 17, 2017 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [61]
[62]
Best Production Design Mark Tildesley Nominated
Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Won
Toronto Film Critics Association December 10, 2017 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won [63]
Vancouver Film Critics Circle January 6, 2018 Best Film Phantom Thread Nominated [64]
Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Won
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 8, 2017 Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated [65]

NotesEdit

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