Yes, but very likable in the same charming way that Lady Susan is in your film. Do you think there could have been a Golden Age of Hollywood version of Love & Friendship?
I don’t know, I suppose so. They would normally put this kind of story in a present-day setting. I’m not sure what they would have done with a period setting. But actually, Kate and I are both very interested in doing a ’30s flavoured film, so I think you’re right that those could be inspirations.
Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship is number 5 on Richard Brody’s The New Yorker’s Best Movies of 2016.
Brody also picked Stillman as one of best directors, Kate Beckinsale as one of the best actresses, Tom Bennett as one of the best supporting actors, and Whit Stillman again for one of the best screenplays of 2016.
Newsweek writer Nina Burleigh has this to say about Love & Friendship (one of the top 21 films of the year, picked by Newsweek):
The dialogue delights the ear and mind; there are lots of laughs; and the spirit of Lady Susan, brought to impish life by Beckinsale, is balm for the female soul. That apparently is what Stillman intended. “I’m a pleasure seeker, and I want people to have 90 minutes of pleasure, not pain,” he said recently. “To have a positive, interesting world, cheerful in some way—I like that.” So do we. —Nina Burleigh