Telluride at Dartmouth: The Favourite – Film
Ended September 16

In the early 18th-century English court, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is chronically infirm but mercurial and her long-time consort Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz)—a vindictive and shrewdly magnetic friend—manages parliamentary factions on the Queen’s behalf. Enter Abigail (Emma Stone), a young gentlewoman fallen on hard times seeking to restore her lost privileges. Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), with superb support from the splendors of Sandy Powell’s costumes, the production design of Fiona Crombie, and the candlelit cinematography of Robbie Ryan, has fashioned a sumptuous comic melodrama that never loses its savage edge. The witty, foul-mouthed script finds a way to merge Barry Lyndon and All About Eve to exhilarating effect. Colman, Weisz and Stone exuberantly perform their triangular dance of intrigue, desire and power, as if they were inventing the Game of Thrones.

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