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PHANTOM THREAD (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Paul Thomas Anderson (apparently with input from Daniel Day-Lewis)
Additional Info In my occasional feature of cars in films, the car featured in this film is a Bristol 404, a good choice I thought, since they were very expensive and not very good.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Gina McKee, Brian Gleeson
Elevator Pitch A mannered dress designer with clients amongst the royalty of Europe becomes enamoured of a waitress in a seaside hotel. He installs her in his household, and thereafter she beings to influence in his life, initially irritating him and then apparently with his compliance, but against the wishes of the designer’s sister who runs his business.
Content A lot of time spent dress designing, sewing and displaying. Several scenes at breakfast in a number of locations. For some reason, a position on the stairs chosen to show the progress of events. Many close-ups of the actors showing expressions of enthusiasm, love, pain and distress. A bit of drinking, no drugs or nudity.
A View This has been loved by the critics, and is nominated for many awards, particularly all main categories of the Oscars. The screening we went to was completely full of people, very unusual for a Saturday afternoon, which says a lot for the promotion of the film, but I don’t know what they thought. It seemed to me to be a wonderful presentation which lacked a coherent plot. So be warned.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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