Phantom Thread | Why Finding Love, Requires Letting Go

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MUST SEE FILMS : On my 1st viewing; I got a very mysterious feel about the film, but after multiple viewings, I though it was hilarious. I wonder if other people really found it to be a comedy???

Thomas Flight : Dang dude. Great analysis. This is maybe my favorite film from PTA, and I absolutely love it but even after multiple viewings I still couldn't figure out what was so great about it. This analysis totally helped me get a better grasp on some of what was great (I can't believe I didn't even notice the dolly shot that pushes past the dress). My absolute favorite moment in the film is that moment when Woodcock takes the bite. I'm curious what you thought of it? In my mind that's the key to something you mentioned, that neither of them "wins" in the end. By my read Reynolds totally knows Alma is poisoning him again, and when he chooses to eat it anyway, he's allowing her to control the situation, but is clearly trying to control her control of him. It's a very, "I'm letting you win here" kind of move, that I think is perhaps the balance that will allow them to continue. It is a funny movie, I laughed several times watching it.

Omid Films : Greenwood should of won the Oscar

Jared Wignall : Great analysis. Phantom Thread is quite a film. It really stuck with me once I finished watching it for the first time and it made me want to watch it again.

Marshall Zane : One of PTA’s best

Jean-Paul Huang : Phantom Thread Phantom= Ghost Thread= Story Ghost Story? Eh? Ehhh? Sorry.

G Brodey : Great video man! I got lucky enough to see this in theaters three times & everytime I saw it I fell more in love with it. PT Anderson can turn a simple love story into something so deep & fascinating. The film should of won every Oscar it was nominated for!

Aman Jaiswal : Loved it!This is one of my favorite films of this year and certainly PTA's top craft.I would love to see an analysis of Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut'.

ian london : As a cast member, (the wedding registrar), I really enjoyed this insight & analysis. Well done ! Ian Harrod.

lochfoot : I haven’t taken the time to really dive in like you have, but it’s interesting that, despite my not noticing the dress being pushed out of shot and Reynolds going to Alma first (for example,) the message comes through. Without my knowing why, I clearly understood the change in focus the next morning. That’s kind of your whole goal, I know: showing why it works. But it’s still exciting. Cheers.

Berlin Alexanderplatz : Oh my i didnt quite expect the voice over guy was going to be a hot dude

delirious meatball : I have seen a lot of analytical movies breaking down phantom thread. I genuinely feel you have new and quite well detailed perspective on the piece. Thoroughly enjoyed the video and your content

Doug Moore : great video; the score on this film is one of my favorites.

Franklin Achu : Fantastic video! Could you cover Tarkovsky ?

Sidharth Malhotra : Cinema Beyond Entertainment brought me here, really good analysis!

Martin Mlaka : How long did it take you to take apart what PTA had been up to for 2 years? :D Great video. Love it. Would love watch so much more on his writing / thinking process.

eric p : I've said it before...and i'll say it again....please review The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And great review on Phantom Thread!

Robbie : Incredible analysis! Phantom Thread is such a beautiful masterpiece. I'd definitely agree that the reason why Reynolds lets Alma corrupt him is because she is the mothering figure in his life that he's been longing for. Either way it's a wonderful, delicately shot masterpiece about a man so set in his way of thinking until he gets corrupted by a woman who loves him too much.

Emily : This was wonderful and beautiful and amazingly thought out. Thank you for your take and insight into one of my favorites of the year!! And yes, I found it hilarious.... a dark, subtle comedy.

Alex Harrison : That ending shot of the two of them, where Reynold's isn't wearing his jacket is the second time we see that shot. It's first appearance is at the 34 min mark. Thoughts?

srinivas kota : Cinema beyond Entertainment Founder Vinit Masram Suggestion Took me Here..

Jason TO : Always look forward to you tackling PTA, and this did not disappoint. Good catch on the musical cues. I was too caught up in how beautiful Greenwood's score is to even begin to appreciate how it was operating on that level. I also took note of the slow push in during Reynold's proposal, though I had a slightly different read. In hindsight, I think you’ve nailed it with the curse theme, but I still think there may be dual meanings at work. Instead of the dress being the focal point, it seemed to me that it was the mannequin carrying the symbolic weight. Early in the film PTA establishes the dress form as a symbol of Reynold's desire to exert control over the relationship by stripping Alma of her own individuality (scrubbing her make-up off; having her shed the striking colours of her evening wear to stand prone in her plain white underwear;) and rebuilding her through his gaze (“You don’t have breasts. It’s my job to give you some.”), like one of his dresses from scratch. This early scene begins with an establishing shot of the attic with the mannequin prominently centred in the foreground, setting the tone for what is to come. (Up until that point, the dynamic between the two was a healthy one; it's in this scene when cracks appear and Reynold's baggage begins to take effect.) Similarly, the proposal scene begins with an almost parallel shot, with the mannequin and dress centred in the foreground of what I think is a living room. A deliberate call back to the attic scene, to emphasize how things have changed? Anyways, this scene comes after Alma asserts both her own control on the relationship by flipping the script and this time rendering Reynolds prone and malleable, and in the process her own identity. Also maybe worth noting that after this point Alma never appears in pure white. Even when working amongst the team of seamstresses, she is set apart by her black vest, emphasizing the significant role she has carved out for herself within House Woodcock while also distancing her symbolically from the all white dress form. I wonder if PTA wasn’t drawing from Fassbinder on this one. RWF spent a lot of his time exploring issues of power dynamics in sex and intimacy and employed the mannequin motif in The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, even at times using camera movement to keep the image in the periphery of the frame, similar to what PTA does in PT.

David Lean : I found the film mesmerizing and very funny the first time I saw it. I tend to think more of the film is hallucinatory however. Were you struck by the strangeness of the New Year's Eve party sequence? Perhaps after the sudden arrival of the ghost of Reynolds' Mother and the fact he was now under the influence of Alma's mushrooms, I was expecting there to be more hallucinations. PTA introduced the ghost of Mama Woodcock so suddenly too, so matter of factly, it reminded me so much of how Kubrick introduced his various ghosts in The Shining. The shots of Reynolds driving through the countryside reminded me of Alex and his droogs doing the same in Clockwork Orange, so perhaps, with all the Kubrick references, I thought PTA was hinting that we see the New Year's Eve party through Reynolds' prism of hallucination. What a scene it is though, beautifully staged and shot.

P S : I love this film so much! One of those things that you keep going back to and rewatching and then analysing and dreaming about it all over again. It's so nuanced!

I.C Lindsay : dude, Ive been watching your videos for so long since punch drunk love analysis. thanks introducing me to my favorite director. keep it coming man. love from Australia.

Marsha Creary : How much of the themes of this movie remind you of the issues discussed in the movie about J Edgar Hoover? Does Complex Trauma and Dysfunction have to go hand in hand?

benedikt reusch : Just wanted to nitpick that the ghost scene is not the first with a subjective reality. Before we get to see a breakfast scene in which we have the ears of Reynolds and hear all the noise Alma is doing at breakfast. This has to be understood as a Point of View and not as a neutral or outside perspective.

Mr. ShyRyHud : You’ve done it once again! I was only “so-so” with this movie until the last scene, and then I loved it.

The Big LeBoschski : It's as they always say, to truly love someone, is willing to let that person go. I also love how they display how much careers can form a wedge in between couples as well. Similar to how La La Land ended with, bittersweet.

Penny Lane : I would really enjoy your video on "cold war"

NeonsStyle : You should cover Hayaoh Miyazaki. His films are masterpieces.

GAabriel Antunes : Loved the video!!!!!! Youre the best video essayist on PTA!

jay folk : I liked Inherent Vice in 2014 better. I didnt sleep in the 2nd act. good original score, but vice's liscened score is pretty good. But prose in both are really good, 60s becoming 70s, or the titular thread being woodcock's mothers hair lock sewed into his clothes.

Gloriajean Stewart : Well done on your analysis. I pretty much picked up on those ques. I may have lost my mind but this is one of the best films I have ever seen. So much that I bought the DVD and watch it over and over again. DDL is by far a terrific actor. He didn't have to become a weird character like Daniel Plainview or Bill the Butcher but an everyday person. There are men out there like him but it is truly amazing how he portrayed believable. And I don't think DDL is anything like Reynolds. I've seen him in interviews on YouTube and he is a lovely man... inside and out.

SlapShotRegatta : Not 100% sure but I think the princess is Belgian not French.

Saba Arce : Thx for the channel & the great review . My impression is that the film is more about the fine or "the phantom " thread between love &control . Alma fell in love but also fell in control ...her control love plan succeeded through taking "the mother control "role in poisoning him ,making him a vulnerable child again that needs her and wanting her by his side while she became mother then wife then mother again (baby stroller scene with sister watching) ...can be very complicated ...thank you again

James Rodriguez : Enjoyed your analysis but I have one criticism unrelated to the content: please never, EVER use a script font in all caps. It's a typographic no-no and an amateurish blunder. One other tiny correction is the composer's name, he uses no "h" in Jonny—I too am a fan of his score for this film. Thank you, Darren.

Wut : I just saw this movie and didn't know what to expect when I started playing it. I'm the kind of person who skips around a lot but I watched it all the way through and can describe it as beautiful. I knew there was so much more to this movie than what I could so I started looking on YouTube for breakdowns and must admit that this is the best one by far. Great job and thanks for your considerate approach.

Kathleen Murry : Merci.  Intriguing speaking voice and fascinating insight and analysis.  WOW. in Sausalito, CA

Yasmin ?!!!! : This is just beyond amazing analysis. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. Please cover the movie The Great Gatsby by Leo DiCaprio and Moneyball by Brad Pitt

Alan Estrada : Do you like foreign films? Have you seen Mother?????? Omg its soooooo good. The Korean one not aaronofskys

DazNEUK : Brilliant analysis!

Shashank Kushwaha : Brilliant analysis.

rmeddy1 : Alma wok a obeah on Reynolds

Dominic Hughes : Superb analysis!

RabidMortal1 : Really really great video! Thanks to youtube for the recommendation. Now subscribed!

Michael Tucker : Good job, Darren!

CÆsar : amazing essay

Papa John : Why wasn’t PTA nominated for cinematography??

aaron156 : Wonder if you like to do You Were Never Really Here Since it features Jonny and Joaquín, and it's a really subtle movies with very little dialogues