Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

DVD - 2018
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Set in the glamour of the 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of the 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 until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, 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 the scariest curse of all...love.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Focus Features,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 PHA NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color, digital, 4 3/4 in

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howeshound
Nov 18, 2018

Quirky, but superbly acted and engrossing. Not for those who like their movies in neat packages with labels. It does require some patience, not playing all its cards at once and sometimes confusing you as to where it's going, but well worth it in the end. As good as Day Lewis is, Lesley Manville is spectacular in a role that is as ambiguous as the movie itself. Repeated watchings will resolve many of the questions you may have first time around.

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bansidthe
Nov 09, 2018

A finely crafted movie that was a little odd. Not really my cup of tea or mushroom soup

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LaRoyal
Oct 25, 2018

This film was intriguing - lots of subtlety, no easy answers. In taking the time to think about it afterwards, I was able to connect the dots and somehow it came together beautifully. Great acting by the major characters, but some of the minor characters were also gifted in a way you don't normally see - they made the most of their short time. All in all, it's a quirky film, set at a slow pace, not for everyone, but fully employing the potential of every character. I'm glad I saw it... twice.

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uncommonreader
Oct 20, 2018

Very few redeeming qualities. A disappointment.

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misatim
Oct 06, 2018

Very disappointing!
Perhaps I expected too much from this film. Krieps was the wrong choice for this role, she didn't have the acting chops to play opposite Day Lewis and it showed. Neither a fashion film or mystery, just a poor drama. Very disappointing

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hecto
Sep 29, 2018

A delight! Old pros DDL and Lesley Manville are truly at the top of their game. But so much of this film belongs to Vicky Krieps, the transformed plain Jane who skillfully takes the measure of DDL's cossetted character while stubbornly holding on to her own identity. A gentle film with fine acting, a subtle screenplay, and impressive cinematography.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 27, 2018

This drama/crime movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis is set in the 1950’s, and about a dressmaker who has made quite the name and living for himself over the years, until he meets a young woman named Alma who becomes the love of his life. This movie had some incredible performances that really kept you engaged with the storyline, and also maintained a perfect pace throughout that kept you thoroughly entertained. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like period-piece films that follow one's journey through love and artistry, with many twists and turns. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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doyoureadme
Sep 09, 2018

Absolutely one of the worst movies ever made. Poor storytelling, poor character development, a plot that is ludicrous, and a bizarre ending that tries to pass itself off as artistry. I've watched slow moving stories before that eventually justify the pace because it's necessary to develop something that eventually turns into a gem. This is not one of those. I came away with the absolute certainty that I'd just wasted 130 minutes of my life, and angry that I'd allowed myself to get duped. It's unfortunate to see a director that showed such promise with "There Will Be Blood" and even "Punch Drunk Love" waste his talents on his last couple of efforts. It's as if he's deliberately trying to turn himself into Darren Aronofsky.

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akirakato
Aug 30, 2018

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson in 2017, this American drama depicts the life of Reynolds Woodcock---a renowned fashion designer in London.
His charisma and genius are matched by his obsessive, controlling personality.
Reynolds takes a young waitress as his muse.
With the excellent performances, the couple appear foolishly hilarious and funny at times, albeit both seem extremely dead serious.
I enjoyed the inter-acting of Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps.

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PearlyKayAm1
Aug 18, 2018

Incredibly tedious, with a few nice dresses. It made me want to eat an omelette.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2018

Many interesting quotes from the film have been posted in IMDb ... thanks to the contributors. However, the film left out some good stuff from the extras that are as memorable:

From a deleted scene:

I never really like myself. I thought my shoulders were too wide. My neck was skinny like a girl. And I have no breasts. Except my hips are large than needed. My arms strong. But in his work, I became perfect. I feel just right. May be that’s how all women feel in his clothes.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2018

Special features: House of Woodcock fashion show narrated by Adam Buxton (fabrics, colors and silhouettes):

Let’s join the stars and celebrities and London’s top genetic specimens. The occasion? A mannequin parade and spring fashion at the House of Woodcock.
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Our first model Elizabeth wears a dinner dress with a fitted bodice of black velvet and a full skirt of silk veil, accented with emerald beading and jet buttons.
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Alma wears a claret-colored hostess ensemble with a wool jersey blouse and a matching silk veil skirt trimmed with Alençon lace.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2018

Special features: House of Woodcock fashion show

Ingrid wears a renaissance inspired suit of slate blue wool serge. The tailored jacket featuring unique shoulder details is trimmed with charcoal gray plassementerie, and is paired with a romantic full skirt, the unique touch of a Cavaliers Cape lined in crimson silk, custom feathered hat and Cavalier-style embroidered kid leather gloves completes the look.
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Ellie wears a daytime ensemble of moss green iridescent wool with a full-length coat and pencil-slim skirt, paired with a vibrant floral silk lining and matching print silk blouse. The outfit is finished with a matching green hat in a fine straw, an exclusive house of Woodcock sting-gray design.
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Make way for Bonnie, she wears an evening gown of emerald green silk taffeta. The skirt held away from the hips with inverted tucks. The wonderful bodice is of black ribbon lace with a décolletage for displaying one’s favorite jewels.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2018

Special features: House of Woodcock fashion show

Ellie wears a spring suit in a soft fog-colored wool in a subtle plaid, paired with a built-in waistcoat of straw colored lightweight herringbone wool. The lines of the cleverly cut jacket continue into the lines of the pencil-slim skirt.
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And now it’s the turn of Alma who wears a renaissance inspired gala gown with matching evening cape rendered in smoked colored silk velvet with golden Hurd taffeta skirt and cape lining. The bodice' s front slashing details is set off with strings of graduated sead pearls and crystal accents.
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Ingrid wears a dinner ensemble suitable for casual dinners with friends or first nights out on a tropical cruise. A romantic silk organza blouse and silk taffeta skirt, both in soft azure blue, are contrasted with black wool jersey bodice, shawl, belt and handbag. The result was an inevitable loveliness from the House of Woodcock.

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