“The Favourite”

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“The men dressed as if they were pea­cocks and the women were much more [se­date],” screen­writer Deborah Davis says of the elab­o­rate hair, makeup and cos­tumes worn by ac­tors like Ni­cholas Hoult and James Smith in Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos’ pe­riod com­edy. She and co-writer Tony Mcna­mara say the big­gest is­sue in the film, set dur­ing Queen Anne’s reign, was de­ter­min­ing just how much po­lit­i­cal power women had when a queen ruled. He says that Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), the paramour of Olivia Col­man’s Anne, “ul­ti­mately changed the di­rec­tion of the coun­try.”

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