Trailer: First Look At The ‘Phantom Thread’

By Armando

Focus Features

The trailer for writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s post–World War II period drama ‘Phantom Thread’ has arrived, giving audiences the first look at what is expected to be Daniel Day-Lewis’ last screen performance.

“You can sew almost anything into the canvas of a coat. When I was a boy, I started to hide things in the lining of the garments. Things that only I knew were there. Secrets,” says Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned 1950s dressmaker whose life unraveled after a young woman, Vicky Krieps walks into his life and becomes his muse and obsession.

A few months ago, Day-Lewis announced his retirement from acting following Phantom Thread. The actor did not provide a reason for his retirement but is expected to fulfill publicity tasks for the Phantom Thread.

Anderson and Day-Lewis previously collaborated together ten years ago in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ for which the actor won an academy award best actor. The acclaimed actor also won the same award for his performances in My Left Foot (1989) and Lincoln (2012).

Another win for the celebrated thespian and he will share the record with Katharine Hepburn as the actor with the most Oscar wins, a fitting achievement for one of most acclaimed actors of our generation.

Extremely protective of his privacy, Day-Lewis previously vanished into semi-retirement in 1997 following Jim Sheridan’s The Boxer and moved to Florence, Italy. He then appeared in five more films (excluding “Phantom Thread”.) Now 60 years old, there is definite reason to take the actor’s announced retirement seriously. All good things must come to an end.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Set in the glamour of 1950’s 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 is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘Phantom Thread’ is set to be released on December 25, 2017