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  • This was Daniel Day-Lewis's first film since Lincoln (2012) and the second collaboration between Paul Thomas Anderson & Daniel Day-Lewis after There Will Be Blood (2007), which gained Day-Lewis his second Academy Award for Best Lead Actor and Anderson nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson's second film to explore the 1950s after The Master (2012).
  • Paul Thomas Anderson's fourth consecutive period film (his fifth in total) since There Will Be Blood (2007).
  • This was the fourth collaboration between director Paul Thomas Anderson and film composer Jonny Greenwood.
  • Before the film's title was announced, "Phantom Threads" was a name seen on several vans while filming some scenes on location.
  • Parts of this film were shot on location in the villages of Lythe and Staithes near Whitby on the east coast of England during January and February 2017.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson's second film together.
  • This was the first narrative film by Paul Thomas Anderson to be primarily set outside of his native California, other than the film Hard Eight (1996), which was set in Reno, Nevada.
  • Fifth collaboration between actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Richard Graham. They had previously worked together on The Bounty (1984), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), In the Name of the Father (1993), and Gangs of New York (2002).
  • The last performance of actor Daniel Day-Lewis as he plans on retiring after the film comes out.
  • This is allegedly Daniel Day-Lewis's final film. He announced on June 20, 2017 that he was retiring from acting.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson directed and shot the film, serving as both the director and cinematographer.
  • This will be the first time that Paul Thomas Anderson will serve as his own cinematographer.
  • At $35 million, this is director Paul Thomas Anderson's second-highest budgeted movie after Magnolia (1999), at $37 million.
  • This was the first time Daniel Day-Lewis had used his natural English accent in a film since Stars and Bars (1988).
  • The Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga's relation with his work and the way he led his life, with director Paul Thomas Anderson's words, "monastic life," inspired the character of Reynolds Woodcock.
  • The script was written by Paul Thomas Anderson in collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis. Anderson has even said that, "He probably should have some kind of co-writing credit."
  • Phantom Thread won The National Board of Review award for best original screenplay.
  • The name Reynolds Woodcock began as a joke suggested by Daniel Day-Lewis to director Paul Thomas Anderson. The name made Anderson laugh so hard he cried, cementing its presence in the script.
  • Many of the staff of the Woodcock couture house, as well as other bit parts, are played not by professional actors but by real seamstresses or persons connected with the fashion world. Joan Brown and Sue Clark were retired dressmakers that Paul Thomas Anderson and Mark Bridges met while doing research at the Victoria & Albert Museum's historic clothing archive. Amber Brabant, Geneva Corlett, and Cecile Van Dijk are professional film costumers. Georgia Kemball is a textile designer.
  • In preparation for the film, Daniel Day-Lewis watched archival footage of 1940s and 1950s fashion shows, studied famous designers, consulted with the curator of fashion and textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and apprenticed under Marc Happel, head of the costume department at the New York City Ballet. He also learned how to sew, and he practiced on his wife Rebecca Miller, trying to recreate a Balenciaga sheath dress that was inspired by a school uniform.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville became real-life friends for six months prior to filming began in order to establish the close relationship between Cyril and Reynolds. Though most of the time they had to text each other back and forth as Manville lived in London and Day-Lewis had two homes between Ireland and New York.
  • Continuing a tradition from Paul Thomas Anderson's previous 3 films, the advertising materials feature shots and scenes not found in the finished film.
  • Early in the film, Reynolds tells Cyril, "It's comforting to think the dead are watching over the living. I don't find that spooky at all." This is similar to a wide variety of quotations on the subject, such as the following loosely similar sentiment, from Stanley Kubrick to his daughter Katharina: "It would be nice if there were ghosts, as that would imply that there is something after death."
  • Director Paul Thomas Anderson got the initial idea for the film while he was sick in bed one day. His wife, Maya Rudolph, was tending to him and gave him a look that made him realize that she had not looked at him with such tenderness and love in a long time.
  • Shooting on this film was completed on April 26, 2017, the same day that Paul Thomas Anderson's close friend and mentor Jonathan Demme passed away from cancer. The film is dedicated to Demme.
  • Vicky Krieps did not meet Daniel Day-Lewis until her first day on set. As Day-Lewis famously stays in character during production of his films, Krieps was instructed to refer to him as "Reynolds" for the duration of filming. In multiple interviews promoting the film, Krieps still referred to Day-Lewis as "Reynolds."
  • Director Paul Thomas Anderson said his favorite line in the film was, "The tea is going out; the interruption is staying right here with me."
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has not seen the film in its finished state and was emotionally affected during filming.
  • Before filming began, director Paul Thomas Anderson would often muse that this film existed in the same universe as Johnathan Lynn's Clue (1985), a favorite of Anderson's as a teen.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson disputed reports that he served as his own cinematographer, stating that while no director of photography was hired, he collaborated with and was advised by his camera operators and gaffers, since he does not have the technical expertise of a cinematographer.
  • The character of Reynolds Woodcock drives a maroon Bristol 405 four-door automobile in the film.
  • There are 90 minutes of Jonny Greenwood's score used during the 130 minute running time of "Phantom Thread" . Greenwood says he was influenced by the works of Nelson Riddle and Glenn Gould from the 50's.
  • Although no date is given during the film, the story likely takes place between May 1953 (suggested by the client buying a gala gown for what is most likely a Coronation ball), and October 1954 (A U.K. Vogue magazine from October 1954 appears towards the end of the film). On the other hand, there's evidence in the DVD extras that the time frame extends to at least the end of 1955: In the slideshow of photos taken during the filming, there's a close-up of a menu on a banquet table. At the top is written "Christmas Dinner 1955". Whether this is from a scene kept in or cut from the film can't be known from this one photo, but it's clear that the original intent was for the story to run to at least this date.
  • Reynolds Woodcock's Bristol 405 is exactly the same car as driven by David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard) in An Education (2009): registration WDF 964.
  • Alma (the name of the character played by Vicky Krieps) means "Soul" in Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Chosen by the National Board of Review as one of 2017's top ten films. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film won for Costume Design with five other nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Day-Lewis, and Supporting Actress for Manville. It also received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Actor - Drama (Day-Lewis) and Best Original Score, as well as four at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, winning for Costume Design.
  • The character of Rubio Guerrero is based on real life Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa (Ruby). His marriage to the character of Barbara Rose is also based on the short-lived factual marriage between Rubirosa and Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton.
  • Italian director Luca Guadagnino heralded Phantom Thread (2017) as the best film of 2017. Around the same time, Paul Thomas Anderson revealed in a Reddit session his own favorite film of that year was Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name (2017).
  • The only film that year to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but not at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
  • Krieps' character was originally named "Agnes". For various legal reasons, this proved unsatisfactory. The new name was either suggested by Krieps to Anderson because "Alma" was the name of Alfred Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville (her version) or from Anderson Googling popular birth-names in Luxembourg in the 1930s (his version).
  • The 1955 Bristol 405 (reg WDF 964) driven by Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is the same vehicle that was driven by David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard) in the 2009 film An Education.
  • The typeface used for the credits is called Reynolds Stone and it was created by the English wood engraver, typographer, and designer Reynolds Stone, who was a close friend of the parents of Daniel Day-Lewis. When Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis were devising the character of Reynolds Woodcock, they agreed that they wanted the film to have a sort of "Reynolds Stone look," and the character's name, Reynolds Woodcock, was partly inspired by this as well.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis is 26 years older than co-star Vicky Krieps.
  • Director Paul Thomas Anderson, a fan of Jordan Peele's television work, was shooting this film in London during the winter. In a down, miserable period for the director, he went to see Peele's Get Out (2017). Anderson was inspired by the film and said that it had made him feel a connection, although rather ironically, back home to America. Peele had later seen this film, which he really took to. Anderson would later interview Peele about the latter's latest horror film Us (2019) in Fangoria magazine.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.


  • Second Daniel Day-Lewis movie where he gets married to his waitress. The first was The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).
  • In an interview with Terry Gross, Paul Thomas Anderson noted that the tone of this film, and especially the supernatural aspects of it, were strongly influenced by the writings of M.R. James.
  • Alma is the portuguese/spanish word for soul.
  • The type of mushroom Alma uses to poison Reynolds is most likely a Omphalotus olearius, commonly known as a Jack o'Lantern, often mistaken for chanterelle mushrooms. While not deadly, Jack O'Lanterns do cause severe nausea and diarrhea.
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