Paul Thomas Anderson Narrating ‘Phantom Thread’ Screen Tests Is Pure Film Nerd Joy — Watch

Hear PTA compare Vicky Krieps to Ingrid Bergman, and wax poetic about Lesley Manville’s “luminescent skin.”

Will we ever stop being in awe of Paul Thomas Anderson? The auteur filmmaker’s precise eye and attention to detail are unparalleled, as evidenced by these narrated “Phantom Thread” screen tests. With characteristic eloquence, Anderson discusses everything from lens choices, lighting, and set design in this fascinating audio commentary. The screen tests also reveal just how good the film’s three actors are, beginning wth the enigmatic Vicky Krieps, who is entirely captivating without uttering a single word.

“These tests with Vicky were the first time we ever shot her on film,” says Anderson. “It reminded me of a great documentary called ‘Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words,’ where they have screen tests she did when she came to Hollywood. She has absolutely no make-up on but she looks like she has make-up on, which is astonishing.”

Anderson laments wallpapering over a beautiful hand-painted wall in Cyril’s office, but recognizes that sacrifices must be made for Lesley Manville’s skin: “You’d have to be pretty foolish to not light her well. She is a terrific actress, and she has a face that is a stop and a half brighter than everybody else’s in the movie. She has luminescent skin, as they say.”

Exhibiting his own Reynolds Woodcock-esque particularity, Anderson cannot hide his disdain for a certain white porcelain teapot. “I think the biggest thing we learned from these tests is just how much we disliked that teapot,” he says. “It definitely didn’t belong in the House of Woodcock.”

The relationship between Reynolds and Cyril feels fully fleshed out even in these early screen tests. It’s no surprise, when you consider the combined acting chops of Manville and Daniel Day-Lewis. “When I saw the two of them sitting on the couch like this, I figured we had something good on our hands,” Anderson says. “Because they looked like two orphans to me who’ve known each other for quite a long time.”

Watch the “Phantom Thread” screen tests with Anderson’s commentary below.

Um, Daniel Day Lewis Still Uses a Flip Phone (Photo)

Daniel Day-Lewis surely has more free time since “retiring” from acting, and he spends it just like the rest of us — locked in on his… flip phone?

The Oscar-winner was spotted on a subway in New York by writer Karen Han, who tweeted about seeing the former actor casually scrolling or typing away on his early-2000s piece of technology.

Also Read: Daniel Day-Lewis Teases Plans After Retirement From Acting: ‘I’m Not Going to Stay Idle’

Since Day-Lewis has a propensity to choose roles during his career set in bygone eras, naturally, jokes about him using an old flip phone popped up on Twitter.

he’s clearly in full on method mode for his top secret movie on the founding of myspace dot com.

– Chad (@everybody_cares) April 5, 2018

The method actor famously portrayed President Abraham Lincoln in 2012, winning him his last of three best-actor Oscars.

Abraham Lincoln surveys the troops. Circa 1862 pic.twitter.com/3AeGjSe3FD

– Chris Dmytriw (@chrisdmytriw1) April 5, 2018

Four score & seven Razrs ago.

– Booze Paper (@boozepaper) April 5, 2018

Day-Lewis isn’t alone in his preference to use T-9 on a flip phone, however. Warren Buffett told CNBC in January that he’s not interested in joining the smartphone revolution. And last year, Chris Pine told E! News that he still uses a flip phone as well.

Day-Lewis announced last year that he was retiring from acting after his most-recent turn as Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.”

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Daniel Day-Lewis Says He’s Retiring From Acting – Again

Daniel Day-Lewis surely has more free time since “retiring” from acting, and he spends it just like the rest of us — locked in on his… flip phone?

The Oscar-winner was spotted on a subway in New York by writer Karen Han, who tweeted about seeing the former actor casually scrolling or typing away on his early-2000s piece of technology.

Since Day-Lewis has a propensity to choose roles during his career set in bygone eras, naturally, jokes about him using an old flip phone popped up on Twitter.

The method actor famously portrayed President Abraham Lincoln in 2012, winning him his last of three best-actor Oscars.

Day-Lewis isn’t alone in his preference to use T-9 on a flip phone, however. Warren Buffett told CNBC in January that he’s not interested in joining the smartphone revolution. And last year, Chris Pine told E! News that he still uses a flip phone as well.

Day-Lewis announced last year that he was retiring from acting after his most-recent turn as Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Phantom Thread' Film Review: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis Strike a Pose

Daniel Day-Lewis Teases Plans After Retirement From Acting: 'I'm Not Going to Stay Idle'

Daniel Day-Lewis Says He's Retiring From Acting – Again

‘Phantom Thread’ Giveaway: Win Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-Winner on Blu-Ray

Paul Thomas Anderson’s gorgeous “Phantom Thread” is now available to stream and hits Blu-ray on April 10, but you can win a copy for yourself now.

Filled with sumptuous costumes, dazzling cinematography, and an unforgettable score from Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread” remains one of 2017’s best films. The film earned an Oscar for Best Costume Design, and also marks the final role for Daniel Day-Lewis, who announced his retirement before the film’s release. With sharp performances from newcomer Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role, “Phantom Thread” is a must-see for cinephiles.

“Phantom Thread” is currently available to stream, but to celebrate the film’s Blu-ray release on April 10 we’ve giving away two copies of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winner to two lucky winners based in the United States. If you’ve fallen in love with the House of Woodcock, you aren’t going to want to miss your chance to own one of 2017’s best on Blu-ray.

Now through Monday, April 9 at noon ET, readers in the U.S. can enter to win by filling out the registration form below. All that is required is your full name, a valid email address and follows on our various social media pages. If you already follow us, then you’re already half way there. The winner will be notified via the registered email address on Monday, April 9 at or around 3pm ET.

‘Phantom Thread’ Deleted Scene: Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville Have an Epic Food Fight — Watch

Anderson’s six-time Oscar nominee comes to Blu-ray and DVD on April 10.

One of the best moments in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”finds Lesley Manville’s Cyril snapping back at her brother, Reynolds (Daniel Day-Lewis), and warning him not to pick a fight with her. Reynolds wisely listens to her sister in the theatrical cut, but it turns out that wasn’t always the case.

Entertainment Tonight has debuted an exclusive deleted scene from “Phantom Thread,” and it shows Reynolds not just picking a fight with Cyril but engaging in a food fight, no less. Of course getting food and tea thrown at her is not exactly something Cyril respects.

“I hate you! How dare you do this to me! It’s my favorite dress,” Cyril shrieks, to which Reynolds responds, “Good. I’d have hate to have done that to your second favorite one. It’d be a waste of tea.”

“Phantom Thread” is now available on digital and hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 10. Watch the deleted scene below.

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Phantom Thread’s costume designer is giving away his Jet Ski from the Oscars

In a slightly disappointing end to one of the better gags from last week’s Academy Awards ceremony, Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges has decided to give away the Jet Ski that Jimmy Kimmel gave him for having the night’s shortest speech. Bridges, who also won the Oscar for costume design, evidently had no…

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In a slightly disappointing end to one of the better gags from last week’s Academy Awards ceremony, Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges has decided to give away the Jet Ski that Jimmy Kimmel gave him for having the night’s shortest speech. Bridges, who also won the Oscar for costume design, evidently had no…

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Daniel Day-Lewis’ work as an actor, though limited to a relatively small number of films, is worthy of examination. His ability to transform himself and embody the emotions of his characters is unparalleled. His commitment to the method acting technique makes him a bit of an anomaly in the current Hollywood landscape.…

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