FEUD: CAPOTE vs. THE SWANS
FX, STREAMING ON HULU
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Robin Baitz
Choreographer: Michaeljon Slinger
Ryan Murphy’s second season of Feud is based on the real life drama between Truman Capote and his “swans”—a group made up of fabulous midcentury New York society women who the writer eventually betrayed by publishing their secrets in a scandalous short story.
While the real life scandal that sparks the feud in question all began with a Capote short story, La Côte Basque, 1965, published by Esquire in 1975, the season itself is based on the 2021 bestseller Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era by Laurence Leamer. The book tells the story of how Capote became enmeshed in the lives of glamorous women like Barbara “Babe” Paley, Gloria Guinness, Ann Woodward, Pamela Churchill, C.Z. Guest, and Lee Radziwill, before betraying them by divulging their secrets in his thinly-veiled fiction.