Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

classified 15

OK Composer: The Scores of Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke


Please note: This was screened in March 2019

Paul Thomas Anderson
Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
130 mins, 2017, USA | UK
Primary language

Jonny Greenwood’s insinuating and impressive soundtrack brought a much deserved Oscar® nomination for Best Original Score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s perverse psychological fable of unchecked ego and unhinged desire, featuring an impeccable performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.

In a fashion-minded London of the 1950s, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) makes exquisite custom dresses for the most elite names in England, flawlessly transitioning from high-society debutantes to royalty with bold stylistic choices and the finest fabrics. Like many elite artists, he is a man of routine and to say that he responds poorly to any interruptions of that routine would be to put it mildly. Needless to say, he is a complicated lover. When he meets a young, strong-willed woman in Alma (Vicky Krieps), she soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. But where his carefully tailored life was once controlled and planned, he finds himself disrupted as feelings of both love and desire begin to throw firecrackers into even the primmest of lives.

A rare film in terms of its craft, authenticity and emotional intelligence, Greenwood’s score is integral to the power of this gothic romance. Blending a mix of minimalist like-riffs, eerie harmonies, alluring melodic lines you don’t quite trust, and piercing chords that leap about aimlessly, Phantom Thread's score ranks among the finest and most ambitious music Greenwood has ever produced.