Open­ing Phan­tom Thread; The Post

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PHaN­tom tHreaD (Paul Thomas ñ

An­der­son) has an early mo­ment where Daniel Day-Lewis’s mid-cen­tury cou­turier Reynolds Wood­cock takes a look through a peep­hole at a woman dressed in his gown. It’s a nod to­wards Al­fred Hitch­cock’s Psy­cho, but it’s no mere homage. An­der­son isn’t sat­is­fied with just ac­knowl­edg­ing his in­flu­ences, here both Hitch­cock and Stan­ley Kubrick. He in­ter­ro­gates them, and per­haps by turn, him­self. Like them, Wood­cock is ex­alted to the point that his toxic na­ture isn’t just abided but con­sid­ered part and par­cel to his art. He barks and snaps as skil­fully as he fashions a gown. At a time when we’re pressed to dis­cuss whether we should sep­a­rate the artist and from their art, Phan­tom Thread ar­tic­u­lates and com­pli­cates that re­la­tion­ship, look­ing at such a man through the eyes of his muse (Vicky Krieps, both del­i­cate and im­pos­ing). Their ro­mance is in­tox­i­cat­ing in a movie that moves flu­idly but feels im­pos­si­bly pre­cise; it swoons while keep­ing things prickly; it spins a straight­for­ward nar­ra­tive but leaves you grap­pling with so much mys­tery. 130 min. NNNNN (Rad­heyan Si­mon­pil­lai)

Phan­tom Thread, star­ring Daniel DayLewis and Vicky Krieps, is an­other Paul Thomas An­der­son mas­ter­piece.

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