Scent of seduction in The Phantom Thread: sandalwood, rose water, sherry and lemon juice

An early scene in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread uses scent to communicate the motivations of a weird trio of characters. Daniel Day Lewis is Reynolds Woodcock, an uptight, obsessive, upper class dressmaker. He has brought young waitress, Alma (Vicky Krieps) back to his country cottage after a romantic dinner, and is getting busy […]

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