FC @ Venice 5: Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Favourite’, plus Orson Welles’s last work

Posted on September 2, 2018

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Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.” If you guessed these opening lines from the press notes are about the new Yorgos Lanthimos movie, it’s a testament to how bizarre, how surreal, how unique and instantly identifiable this filmmaker’s signature is. The Favourite is a departure from Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. It’s not just the setting, with Baroque music, lots of lusty profanity, the foppiest wigs since Barry Lyndon, and much talk about the doubling of land tax. “The parlous state of the treasury” is a top candidate for Phrases You Didn’t Know You’d Find In a Yorgos Lanthimos Movie.

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