The Thinking Machine 22

The Dressmaker and the Cook

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread (2017), winner of the recent FIPRESCI Grand Prix, is among the most debated movies of the past year. Yet many responses to the characters and the world they inhabit overlook the intricacy of the film’s construction and fabrication. Adapting a perceptive review in Positif by Alain Masson, this audiovisual essay looks into the intimate mystery and artistry of Phantom Thread.