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We hope he changes his mind, but Daniel Day-Lewis has—for now—retired from acting.

The Hammer Museum completes its 2017 Contenders screening series with the highly anticipated PHANTOM THREAD, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and starring Day-Lewis —in his final role—as Reynolds Woodcock, a 1950s British couturier based on bits and pieces of BalenciagaNorman Hartnell, and Alexander McQueen (the messages sewn into the linings), but especially Charles James:

“The dresses created by Day-Lewis’s character and those James was known for possess statuesque, sculpture-like qualities wherein the manipulation of fabric is paramount… Like Woodcock, James, who viewed his work more as sculpture than articles of clothing, only parted with his confections when they were perfect, and he was perfectly satisfied—a reason why his clients frequently commissioned items years in advance.” — Alexander Fury*

Vicky Krieps co-stars as Woodcock’s muse Alma, and Leslie Manville as his sister and business partner Cyril. Anderson regular Jonny Greenwood composed the score.

Following the screening, the film’s costume designer Mark Bridges will participate in a Q & A moderated by journalist and filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer.


PHANTOM THREAD, Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30 pm.

BILLY WILDER THEATER, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.



Daniel Day-Lewis as couturier Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread (2017).

'Phantom Thread' trailer