The Film, Phantom Thread : Daniel Day-Lewis swan song

“Phantom Thread”, will be Daniel Day-Lewis swan song when it comes to film. It opens at the Dendy today. I have to confess, it had not really hit my radar – as I have been working my way through the Oscar hopefuls – the trailer played as I waited for The Post to begin last weekend and I loved the look of it.

Philippa Hawker’s review in the SMH on weekend has only cemented my interest.


I love the fact that Director Thomas Anderson used non actors the dedicated head seamstresses in his atelier, Biddy and Nana are played by non-professional performers Sue Clark and Joan Brown, who bring years of couture experience to their roles …. in their careers they were with Hardy Amies, the famous English designer. Anderson said ” I was inspired by ” their catlike prowess”, handling fabric and fittings. The routines, painstaking attention to detail and creative demands of the workshop play an important part in the world of the film.

Anderson admits to being a bit of a bower bird when it comes to the influences in his films ….here The New Yorker article highlights some…..

” Another point of reference is Hitchcock. As Cyril, Lesley Manville is a paragon of frosty decorum, and one glance at her sombre high-necked dresses and her tightly coiled hair sends you back to Mrs. Danvers, in “Rebecca”

Then, there is Jonny Greenwood’s music, largely for piano and strings, which is far less jagged than the work he composed for Anderson in “There Will Be Blood” (2007), and summons, instead, some of the troubled lushness that Franz Waxman brought to his scores for “Rebecca” and “Suspicion” (1941).

More than anything, however, what “Phantom Thread” borrows from Hitchcock is his clammy-comic touch—a sense that love, at its fiercest, can be both protective and toxic. Remember Claude Rains’s terrifying mother, in “Notorious” (1946), slipping something nasty into his wife’s coffee, or the glowing glass of milk that Cary Grant takes upstairs to Joan Fontaine, in “Suspicion,” like a poisoned chalice. Alma, in Krieps’s winning performance, all rosy cheeks and sensible smiles, is definitely not a Hitchcock heroine, yet even she will go to venomous lengths, we realize, to keep her man. Weirder still, Reynolds will play along.

You can read the full review here


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  1. Cant wait to see this …. love DSL. And this sounds like a wonderful collaboration between all the principals. Mrs Danvers from Rebecca is one of the great mysterious performances of all time in my view, so the sister being drawn slightly similar will be a treat.

    Between this, and LADY BIRD that starts this week or next week, there are a couple of great cinema weeks coming up …..

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