1988 Happier times
1988 Happier times
“You can have a lover at 60,” says the actress. “You don’t have to be shoved in a corner in a cardigan doing knitting”
On a grey, mid-winter day in London, Lesley Manville is dressed in cosy knits and tucked away on a couch in a hotel suite in Soho. Still delicately beautiful at 61, her blue eyes are bright, and her rich-beige hair is loose around her face.
She is, in the film, a kind of exotic bird existing in a rarefied world. Most of her scenes take place inside The House of Woodcock, where she reigns supreme. Though it is her brother, Reynolds Woodcock, a creative genius with a controlling streak, who is the design talent, it is Cyril who rules the roost.
Cyril is a central figure in a film that deals, in many ways, with female power – both soft and not so soft. And her special kind of influence is evident in the control and restraint with which she plays the part. She doesn’t need to raise her voice. All it takes is [ . . . ] More: A sharp look, the slighest lift of an eyebrow… how Lesley became the boss of Day-Lewis
Among the several delights in Paul Thomas Anderson’s consistently surprising new movie Phantom Thread is its incisive explication of how fragile masculinity can be. Daniel Day Lewis, in what he has announced will be his final film role, plays Reynolds, a couture designer in 1950s London, whose world is propped up by the fleet of women he employs. Along comes a muse, Alma (Vicky Krieps) who challenges his ritualistic way of life and teases out the fetishistic extents of his relationship with power. The trailer makes it look like some sort of a thriller, but Phantom Thread is a romance that is funny more often than not—of all the films in PTA’s oeuvre, it shares the most with 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love [ . . . ]
LONDON — Despite the horrifying headlines of the past few months, there are still a lot of nice guys working in film and theater. Just ask the 61 year-old actress Lesley Manville, who stars opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in “Phantom Thread,” the new film by Paul Thomas Anderson.
“Beautiful, inside and out, both of them,” says Manville of her costar and director, adding that, on set, she would often think to herself, “I’ve got a pretty good job. There’s some good eye candy in this room. Working with these two gorgeous men every day — I can’t complain.”
Manville, one of Britain’s most versatile and hard-working actresses, say
Manville, one of Britain’s most versatile and hardworking actresses, says she took the role because she wanted to work with Anderson [ . . . ] More: Lesley Manville on Working With Daniel Day-Lewis and Acting’s Long Game