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Feud returns to the search for Truman Capote’s lost book

Seven years later Feud he’s back. Possibly there were few who remembered her. But her return has coincided with the return of Ryan Murphy to the chain that was his home, the Foxand therefore disneyonce his millionaire contract with Netflix. The anthology series focused on telling us stories about feuds between high society personalities. And for this return, he tells us the story of the confrontation between the writer Truman Capote and a group of women from the New York jet set, whom the novelist affectionately called their swans. The origin of the rivalry stems from the fact that they felt betrayed when they learned that all the confidences they had told them for years were going to be the basis of their new book. A ghost work that never saw the light of day and after the series we are left wondering if it really came to exist. The complete series of Capote against the swans is now complete in HBO Max and we assume that in some not too distant future it will also be in disney.

It is curious that Feud has chosen Truman Capote’s lost novel as its theme to return, when the same series has its own lost season. The first installment of Feud placed Murphy at the pinnacle of his creative talents, telling us how Bette Davis and Joan Crawford they skinned each other in the classic Hollywood of the 60s. The second season was to have embarked on the stormy marriage of Charles of England and Diana of Wales. Murphy’s departure to Netflix and the plot of the series The Crown caused the project to enter a kind of limbo from which we do not know if it will ever emerge. During those years, the Murphy factory accumulated another phantom project that fell into a similar limbo. The season of American Crime Story which was going to focus on the negligence committed by the North American administration in New Orleans during the crisis Hurricane Katrina. The storms in the filming area and the absence of Murphy made this project fall into that bottomless box that we talk about here.

Although the story of Capote vs the Swans coincides with many of the themes of Murphy’s series, the true architect of this season is the director Gus van Santin whose filmography we find works such as Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, Will Hunting or that shot-by-shot recreation of Psychosis Alfred Hitchcock much maligned in its day but with interesting results. The story has a luxury cast, especially female stars, in which shines Naomi Wattsbut it has Diane Lane, Chloë Sevigny, Calista Flockhart, Molly Ringwald and Demi Moore. It even has the appearance of Jessica Lange, because without her it seems as if it couldn’t be a Murphy factory series. For its part, Tom Hollander is in charge of playing Capote, in a job that manages to make us forget that in 2005 they already gave the Oscar for best actor to Philip Seymour Hoffman for the same role. In some ways, this series could be considered a sequel to that movie. Go beyond the glamor of Breakfast with diamonds to the cavernous depths of crime Cold-blooded. After his great success, Capote entered a literary block from which he never emerged. Did Murphy go through something similar after he arrived at Netflix? The prolific showrunner entered through the front door and started making series like hotcakes for them, but the vast majority of them disappointed. At least he was able to leave with the success of Dahmer, which was released when the contract was about to end. So the return of Feud comes at the best of times.

To silence the pressure from the publisher that had paid him a hefty advance on the novel, Capote ended up publishing an advance in Variety of what was going to be his next novel and where his swans were recognized. No one’s real names were given, but anyone who knew them could clearly identify them and deduce their most unspeakable secrets. Capote’s indiscretions lead him to social ostracism by the elites and he ends up immersed in a spiral of self-destruction watered by alcohol and some other substance with which he sought to extinguish his anguish. For years he has had a privileged position among a group of women who opened all the doors of their house to him and let him see things that were not within the reach of any mortal. Are this group of New York high society the 20th century equivalent of those we saw a century ago in The Gilded Age? Hollander plays an imperfect Capote and far removed from an idealized vision. With his own traumas, his divo airs, his witty and incisive comments with which to skin others and even victims of abuse.

The second season of Feud could have ended in the seventh episode, but it saves a epilogue for the eighth that puts the finishing touch to the story and be careful, there are spoilers. An ending in which Capote would have finished writing the cursed book, Prayers answered, refocused on trying to redeem his swans and achieve their forgiveness. But the situation is now irrecoverable and the writer himself burns his manuscript. Did he actually complete the book? The series suggests that it could also have been the writer’s own delusion because there were only meaningless scribbles in his notebook.

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