A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club discussing the second collaboration between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread, a tastefully crafted, intimate love story set against the London fashion scene of the 1950s, and reportedly Day-Lewis’ final performance after four decades of acting.
For a long time, next to nothing was known about Phantom Thread. It was simply known as the new Paul Thomas Anderson film that may or may not be about a British fashion designer. Then, with a well-timed bombshell announcement from its star, Phantom Thread became the new Paul Thomas Anderson film featuring Daniel Day-Lewis’ final performance before retiring from acting.
Now that the movie is finally here, it can now called for what it actually is: the new Paul Thomas Anderson-Daniel Day-Lewis...
The 60-year-old cut a cool figure in double denim as he attended a screening of the film at MOMA - after revealing the screen project will be his last, as he is planning to give up acting altogether.