‘Phantom Thread’ Trailer: You Can Sew Almost Anything Into The Canvass of a Coat

Man. I read the synopsis for Phantom Thread, the latest collaboration between writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis, and was like. No thanks. But then I watched the trailer, and I guess I didn’t know what else I was expecting, but I was instantly sold.


Ten years ago, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis collaborated on There Will Be Blood, an instant masterpiece that may be the single best movie of the 21st century so far. And now, they’re back.

The first Phantom Thread trailer is here, offering a look at the reunion between one of the great living filmmakers and quite possibly the finest actor to ever appear in the movies. Consider this your number one cinematic priority for the final stretch of 2017.

Anderson’s past films have showcased a fascination with the processes that power industries that lurk on the fringes of our daily lives. Pornography in Boogie Nights, the early days of oil in There Will Be Blood, and cult-like organizations in The Master. In Phantom Thread, he turns his lens on the world of fashion, telling the tale of Reynolds Woodcock, a dressmaker working in post-World War II London. The Phantom Thread trailer, gorgeous and evocative and just a little eerie, also showcases another Anderson trademark: men whose quest for perfection and dominance, either in their field of expertise or in their personal lives, coming apart. Or in this case, coming unraveled.