Screen­writ­ers delve deep into the archives and his­tory books when re­search­ing pe­riod pieces

Variety - - Contenders - STORY BY WHIT­NEY FRIEDLANDER

Part of the fun in watch­ing pe­riod films and biopics is the chance to learn some­thing new and in­ter­est­ing about that by­gone era and its peo­ple — what they wore, how they spoke, what par­tic­u­lar man­ner­isms or so­ci­etal customs were of that day and age. And while cre­ative lib­er­ties and anachro­nisms can al­most al­ways be ex­pected in the name of ef­fi­cient or en­rap­tur­ing sto­ry­telling, a screen­writer’s re­search is of the ut­most im­por­tance when pen­ning a well-made pe­riod film. Given the cor­nu­copia of such films in con­tention this year, Va­ri­ety asked the screen­writ­ers for their fa­vorite pieces of trivia gleaned dur­ing the re­search process.

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