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FLiCX: Phantom Thread

Friday, January 12, 2018,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Participants who commit to checking in with the FLiCX administrator by no later than 6:15pm, and to attempting to attend the post screening discussion, may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the Dean of Students office.

Post-screening discussion in the upstairs Jackson Education and Engagement Space (seating is limited; first come, first served) with Jennifer Fay, associate professor and director of the cinema and media arts program at Vanderbilt University, and Scott Juengel, senior lecturer in English at Vanderbilt University.

Since seating is limited, we must remind participants of the following:

  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth feature-length film, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.

New York Times: The Best Movies of 2017:

“Two lives—and two perversities—become one in this ravishingly beautiful, often unexpectedly funny film.” —Manohla Dargis

“It awakens other appetites, longings that are too often neglected: for beauty, for strangeness, for the delirious, heedless pursuit of perfection.” —A.O. Scott

“The director's most outwardly accessible movie in ages, (it) is at once an evocative period drama and a magical fable about lonely, solipsistic people finding solace in their mutual sense of alienation.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in its strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance….” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian