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    Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" Opens in UK, Europe, Australia
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    Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Phantom Thread, which opened in theaters across the United States in January to rave reviews and six Oscar nominations, including for Jonny Greenwood's score, opens in theaters throughout the UK (where it is up for four BAFTAs), Australia, and much of Europe, including Ireland, Germany, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and the Netherlands, this weekend, with more to come.

    Uncut editor Michael Bonner raves: "It transpires that this, Greenwood's fourth collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson, is his most classically-minded, complementing the film's setting—1950s high society—with its own opulent old world beauty. As with Anderson—and the film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis—Greenwood is working to the very fullest capacity here: not for nothing has the film earned six nominations, including one for Greenwood's score."

    The Daily Telegraph gives the film five stars, as does the Guardian, saying: "There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in it is strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance." The Financial Times gives it five stars as well, calling it "mesmerising" and asserting that Anderson "gets everything right here."

    The Observer gives the film another five stars and says: "From it’s looping, muted piano themes to lush orchestrations that recall a bygone age, the score is the golden thread that stitches pieces of Anderson’s bewitching garment together ... Greenwood’s work is note-perfect, capturing the delicate balance between creating and destruction that Anderson’s script maintains."

    The Daily Express gives it five stars too, calling it "exquisitely crafted," concluding: "The pin-sharp precision of the dialogue, the magnificent, lilting musical score from Jonny Greenwood and the quality of the performances all combine to create an audacious, spellbinding slice of storytelling."

    There was a very special public screening of the film at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Wednesday night with a live score performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra, which performs on the film's soundtrack. The screening was introduced by Anderson and the score's composer, Jonny Greenwood. Live-score screenings of the film will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 24 and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on March 2 (Oscar weekend!), presented by Wordless Music.

    The Phantom Thread soundtrack features eighteen compositions by Greenwood, who has been nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Original Score. The soundtrack is available digitally on Nonesuch Records, with the CD to follow February 9 and the vinyl LP April 20. To download it now, visit iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where the CD and vinyl may also be pre-ordered; the album can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music as well.

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Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Phantom Thread, which opened in US theaters in January to rave reviews and six Oscar nominations, opens in theaters in the UK (where it is up for four BAFTAs), Australia, and Europe. "Not for nothing has the film earned six nominations, including one for Greenwood's score," says Uncut. Phantom Thread earns five-star reviews from the Guardian ("such pure delicious pleasure in this film"), Financial Times ("mesmerising ... [Anderson] gets everything right here"), and Daily Express ("an audacious, spellbinding slice of storytelling").

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Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Phantom Thread, which opened in theaters across the United States in January to rave reviews and six Oscar nominations, including for Jonny Greenwood's score, opens in theaters throughout the UK (where it is up for four BAFTAs), Australia, and much of Europe, including Ireland, Germany, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and the Netherlands, this weekend, with more to come.

Uncut editor Michael Bonner raves: "It transpires that this, Greenwood's fourth collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson, is his most classically-minded, complementing the film's setting—1950s high society—with its own opulent old world beauty. As with Anderson—and the film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis—Greenwood is working to the very fullest capacity here: not for nothing has the film earned six nominations, including one for Greenwood's score."

The Daily Telegraph gives the film five stars, as does the Guardian, saying: "There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in it is strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance." The Financial Times gives it five stars as well, calling it "mesmerising" and asserting that Anderson "gets everything right here."

The Observer gives the film another five stars and says: "From it’s looping, muted piano themes to lush orchestrations that recall a bygone age, the score is the golden thread that stitches pieces of Anderson’s bewitching garment together ... Greenwood’s work is note-perfect, capturing the delicate balance between creating and destruction that Anderson’s script maintains."

The Daily Express gives it five stars too, calling it "exquisitely crafted," concluding: "The pin-sharp precision of the dialogue, the magnificent, lilting musical score from Jonny Greenwood and the quality of the performances all combine to create an audacious, spellbinding slice of storytelling."

There was a very special public screening of the film at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Wednesday night with a live score performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra, which performs on the film's soundtrack. The screening was introduced by Anderson and the score's composer, Jonny Greenwood. Live-score screenings of the film will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 24 and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on March 2 (Oscar weekend!), presented by Wordless Music.

The Phantom Thread soundtrack features eighteen compositions by Greenwood, who has been nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Original Score. The soundtrack is available digitally on Nonesuch Records, with the CD to follow February 9 and the vinyl LP April 20. To download it now, visit iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where the CD and vinyl may also be pre-ordered; the album can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music as well.

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