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Feud: Capote vs. the Swans

Country: United States, Language: English, 60 mins

  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Writer: Jon Robin Baitz
  • Producer: Ryan Murphy

CGiii Comment

Was Truman Capote - truly - that awful!?!

Tom Hollander becomes the latest - in a litany of actors to don that Southern drawl and spew consistent venom - he did not hold back by any stretch of the imagination. He's vile.

This is by - no means - an all-revealing bio-pic of the writer - what this a few significant years in a 59 year old life...of a déclassé socialite mingling with the upper echelons of wealth - didn't he do well!?! And then, fell! To all of his doing.

Truman Capote killed a woman - not by his hand...but, by his toxic insinuation...aka, his lies, his fiction. That's manslaughter. His punishment - only because those who were not so sensitive...ostracised him, totally. According to this depiction, this - after a while - led to his much-sought-after atonement...unfortunately, that's where Gus Van Sant looses control...when fiction takes over from fact...problems arise. He should have demanded a re-write...rather than stick with the given script.

The actors do shine...especially Tom Hollander...but, as weirdly entertaining as it fails to reveal anything that we don't already know.


The(ir) Blurb...

Called “Capote vs. the Swan’ they are set in the 1970s and are about writer Truman Capote’s inner circle of “swans,” a term he coined to describe his wealthy female socialite friends.

Cast & Characters

Tom Hollander,
Molly Ringwald,
Demi Moore,
Naomi Watts,
Chloë Sevigny