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Phantom Thread Trailer #1 (2017) *Daniel Day-Lewis in His Final Film*

Releasing Christmas Day, among a glut of other films will be an odd-looking film about a dressmaker that will be the final performance of one of the greatest actors of all-time.  Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) was announced earlier this year by Daniel Day-Lewis as his final performance.  Day-Lewis has always marched to the beat of his own drum, and it’s entirely possible he’ll change his mind at some point in the future.  However, if this is it, this is an extremely strange trailer for an odd-sounding movie to finish a career on.  Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor in the history of the Academy to win Best Actor in a Leading role three times, the final time coming in 2012 for his best performance, in my opinion, in Lincoln.  I’m not a particular fan of PT Anderson, so I may let Lincoln stand as my last remembrance of Day-Lewis onscreen, but if he’s done, he’ll be remembered as a giant.  Full plot details below from Coming Soon.

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants 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 Poster

7 thoughts on “Phantom Thread Trailer #1 (2017) *Daniel Day-Lewis in His Final Film*”

  1. So, Punch Drunk Love is the only Adam Sandler movie I actually like. There Will Be Blood is obviously missing something, yet I love it in spite of myself, and it’s probably one of the ten best films I’ve seen so far this century. Anderson has made some other films that are both pretentious and awful, but I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt, and not go by a trailer, because his previous work stands against the entire trailer concept.

    But Lewis is the bigger talent here. His performance in Lincoln feels like spirit-channeling. IMO Spielberg made a better movie about the art of negotiation when he made Bridge of Spies, but in Lincoln Lewis gives the most important central performance I have ever seen, because he takes a film that is merely good, and turns it into a masterpiece. I have never seen that with any other film or actor, not even Orson Welles.

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    1. There Will Be Blood is wonderful when Lewis is talking, but it’s a bloated boring slog when he’s not. The milkshake scene is one of the best….ever. Have I done that scene? DAMMIT, I haven’t, well that’s getting rectified sometime next month. Lincoln is one of the best performances ever. I do not like Anderson. I do not expect to even go to this film because he’s never made a film I liked and I can’t imagine from this trailer I’m going to like this one. It’s a bad trailer. I hope this is like the year when he went off and lived as an Italian cabinet maker and he comes back, because excluding Nine and I’m pretty sure THIS, his films are events and he’s a flat-out master.

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      1. When you release a film on Christmas Day there’s a good chance you have given up on it, unless it is a certain type of film. When you release a PT Anderson film on Christmas, where Daniel Day Lewis plays a dressmaker, and absolutley nothing happens in the trailer, why even release the film? It’s not a good sign for a movie when it’s TRAILER does not deliver on a sense of expectancy. I’ll see it, because of what I said, but drugs might have gone into the descision making process behind the film and its marketing. More drugs than went into Joderowski’s aborted Dune. Unless the goal was specifically to lose money.

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  2. i am so conflicted on this one. I love daniel day lewis and I trust his film choices so much that I want to watch this. But, nothing else about this movie appeals to me,i find the 50s boring, fashionistas shallow,and rich people oft putting I don’t care about fashion and debutantes but I love great acting. I may have to pass on this I hated Lincoln because it was way to focued on the political process although he was masterful.

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    1. Lincoln was based on Team of Rivals and was always going to be about the wheedling Lincoln went through to make his Emancipation Proclamation stick. The film succeeds in spite of Spielberg’s awful opening and not knowing (as always) when to end a film. That film should have ended with him walking down the hallway to go to Ford’s Theater. There was no reason for the 25 minutes after about the assassination, because as you said, this was about Lincoln the politician and no one doesn’t know what happened that night at the theater. Day-Lewis made Lincoln come alive in such an astounding way that it paved over the films many other flaws. THIS film? I can’t say I’m going to see it. It looks awful. I, like you, have no interest in anything this is about, and Day-Lewis isn’t perfect in picking films (if you haven’t seen Nine…do not). So I’m hoping he’s needing a break and this really isn’t it, because it’s sad I have no interest in his final film.

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