Friday, January 7, 2022

Phantom Thread (UK/USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)

Phantom Thread (UK/USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017: 130 mins)

Bishop, Bryan. "Phantom Thread’s Oscar-winning costume designer on how to tell stories with couture." The Verge (March 4, 2018)

Boyer, Lanny. "Paul Thomas Anderson: Four Basics." (Posted on Youtube: October 19, 2015)

Collins, Austin C. "Nothing Is Quite As It Seems in Phantom Thread." The Ringer (December 20, 2017)

"Fact v Fiction: What Phantom Thread gets right and wrong." BBC (March 6, 2018)

Flight, Thomas. "The Evolution of Paul Thomas Anderson." (Posted on Youtube: December 21, 2021)

Hemon, Aleksandar. "Why Phantom Thread is Propaganda for Toxic Masculinity." The New Yorker (April 8, 2018)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Phantom Thread/Rebecca (1940) - Part 1." The Next Picture Show #112 (January 23, 2018) ["Paul Thomas Anderson has made it clear that his new PHANTOM THREAD is a purposeful riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Best Picture winner REBECCA, inspiring us to return to Manderley for a reflection on the film that brought Hitchcock to Hollywood (and to producer David O. Selznick, whom he famously clashed with). We talk over what REBECCA gained and lost from being produced under the Hays Code, what it signaled for Hitchcock’s career going forward, and what to make of the two big relationships (or would-be love triangle) at its center."]

---. "Phantom Thread/Rebecca (1940) - Part 2." The Next Picture Show #113 (January 25, 2018) ["With PHANTOM THREAD, Paul Thomas Anderson has repurposed REBECCA to his own ends, telling a personal story that’s unique from the original yet still resonates with echoes of Hitchcock’s gothic romance. We tug at the many threads Anderson has woven throughout his film, before diving into what unites it with REBECCA, from the two films’ character analogs to their complementary relationships with food. "]

Lane, Anthony. "The Claustrophobic Elegance of Phantom Thread."  The New Yorker (December 25, 2017)

Lucca, Violet and Sheila O'Malley. "The Phantom Thread." Film Comment Podcast (January 9, 2018) ["“In Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, love can be—quite literally—a miracle,” writes Sheila O’Malley in her January/February 2018 Film Comment cover story, “Love, After a Fashion.” “People are scarred by life, their emotional resilience decimated by disappointments and neglect. But sometimes love is offered and, as Blanche DuBois says, famously, in A Streetcar Named Desire: ‘Sometimes—there’s God—so quickly!’ That’s the redemptive romantic journey of Phantom Thread, where Reynolds says to Alma at one point that she may very well keep his ‘sour heart from choking.’” Of course, Phantom Thread is no familiar story of redemption through romance. O’Malley joins FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca on this week’s Film Comment Podcast to discuss its beguiling, and even radical, twist on a love story."]

Rosner, Helen. "Phantom Thread Is the Best Food Movie in Ages." The New Yorker (January 23, 2018)

Warren, Ethan. "The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson: American Apocrypha (Columbia University Press, 2023) New Books in Film (March 29, 2023) ["Paul Thomas Anderson’s evolution from a brash, self-anointed “Indiewood” auteur to one of his generation’s most distinctive voices has been one of the most remarkable career trajectories in recent film history. From early efforts to emulate his cinematic heroes to his increasingly singular late films, Anderson has created a body of work that balances the familiar and the strange, history and myth: viewers feel perpetually off balance, unsure of whether to expect a pitch-black joke or a moment of piercing emotional resonance. The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson: American Apocrypha (Columbia UP, 2023) provides the most complete account of Anderson’s career to date, encompassing his varied side projects and unproduced material; his personal and professional relationships with directors such as Jonathan Demme, Robert Altman, and Robert Downey Sr.; and his work as a director of music videos for Fiona Apple, Joanna Newsom, and Haim. Ethan Warren explores Anderson’s recurring thematic preoccupations―the fraught dynamics of gender and religious faith, biological and found families, and his native San Fernando Valley―as well as his screenwriting methods and his relationship to his influences. Warren argues that Anderson’s films conjure up an alternate American history that exaggerates and elides verifiable facts in search of a heightened truth marked by a deeper level of emotional hyperrealism. This book is at once an unconventional primer on Anderson’s films and a provocative reframing of what makes his work so essential."]

The Directors Series- Paul Thomas Anderson [3.1] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.2] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.3] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.4] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series- Paul Thomas Anderson [3.5] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

SHORT CUTS — Episode 1: Milkshakes, Monopoly & Murder from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.7] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

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