How Phantom Thread Became a Little Pop Phenomenon

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How Phantom Thread Became a Little Pop Phenomenon

Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece arrives on Arte.

Waiting for Licorice Pizza, of which we have just discovered the trailer, the latest achievement by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread, arrives in clear on television, on the 7th channel this Sunday, followed by an unpublished documentary on its main actor, Daniel Day-Lewis. Released in 2017 at the cinema and early 2018 in France, she had not left the writing of First indifferent. Moreover, it made a lot of noise during its screening in the cinema, leading to multiple discussions, “memes” and parodies.

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Despite its austere attire, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film ended up becoming a mini-pop phenomenon, culminating in a bonus DVD where Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville fight each other over jam and carrot juice at the breakfast. breakfast. There will be LOL ?

Since the heyday of There Will Be Blood in 2007, Paul Thomas Anderson seemed to want to lock himself in an increasingly demanding, uncompromising, authorizing approach, building puzzle films that left a growing number of spectators on the sidelines. At a time when directors around the world are seeing the desertification of cinemas and going one by one among the streaming giants, PTA does not seem to be worried, as preserved from the inconvenience of ordinary people by the patronage of its producer Megan Ellison and the handful of Oscar nominations that his films invariably end up winning. After the already very obscure The Master and Inherent Vice, Phantom Thread seemed to want to push the plug on radicalism arty even further (read our review). A tribute to the gothic romances of the 1940s, a London behind-the-scenes look with a cryptic title, a reflection on love addiction spinning out from obscure culinary metaphors… All of this promised to be particularly difficult.

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However, despite its austere and cerebral aspect, the film will have succeeded in triggering torrents of love, establishing itself as a small pop phenomenon and an inexhaustible reservoir of Internet memes. It’s Christopher Nolan himself who opened the ball, declaring that he had been to see the film with his children (?!) and that they now called him “Woodcock” (named after the arrogant designer character played by Daniel Day-Lewis) when he behaved too tyrannically at home. In the process, Phantom Thread launched a debate on the use of the word “chic” thanks to an anthological monologue (” Chic! Whoever coined this word should be spanked in public! What is this word? Fucking chic! “) And the web is now full of recipes for making a” Woodcock “breakfast (with scones, sausages, Welsh Rabbit, poached eggs” not too runny “…). Fashionisto David Beckham declared his love for the film by dedicating an Instagram story to it based on “wow,” genius “and” heart “emoji. And if Jennifer Lawrence, she admitted that she hadn’t lasted more than three minutes in front (maybe because she had just finished the promotion of a twin film, Mother!), it still gave the film a little extra buzz. Step by step, Phantom Thread ended up becoming the third biggest worldwide success of its author, after There Will Be Blood and Magnolia.

All this culminated at the time of the American release of the blu-ray, when this already famous cut scene appeared (more precisely: an improvisation for a camera test) where Day-Lewis and actress Lesley Manville transform the children’s table. lunch in the battlefield, swinging in the face all the ingredients at hand. The kind of footage that becomes a GIF in a second. But as we’re not here just for fun either, PTA has also added to the complements section a montage of cut scenes lasting three minutes, of exquisite refinement. Because you see, Anderson doesn’t just vulgarly pile up the cut scenes, no, he melts them together in a sort of voluptuous and hypnotic clip (he had already done it on the record of The Master). For the hungry boy (this is the title of this bonus) also contains a shot of astounding beauty – the image of Woodcock and his lover Alma on a lake at the foot of the Alps, evoking Passionate lovers, a sublime old song by David Lean. A plan for which many filmmakers would damn themselves, and that PTA, him, is content to send as a bonus, between two stupid blooper sequences where the venerable Daniel Day-Lewis finds himself slathered with raspberry jam and Lapsang Shouchong tea. Fucking chic, in effect.

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