Column: From ‘Succession’ To ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood Is Obsessed With The Lives Of The Ultra Rich And Oblivious

Season 2 of “The Great” premiered on Hulu last week and it is as visually arresting as ever, whip-smart and sometimes an outright comic farce in its depiction of Russia’s 18th century ruling class, first led by Peter III (a hilarious Nicholas Hoult playing the buffoonish brute as a sexy and semi-charming Hugh Grant type) and then, thanks to a coup, the woman who would be known as Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning, bringing intelligence and unexpected humor to the role). Historical inaccuracies abound in the show and there’s a buoyant sense of “oh, who cares — isn’t this way more interesting?” about these flubbed details. But there’s one that I just can’t quite swallow: That Catherine the Great alone was not clouded by the grandiosity of her surroundings and was uniquely horrified by the violence and deprivation inflicted with such casual regularity on the people of Russia. “The Great” would have you believe she was the people’s princess — sorry, empress — and you’re on her side because of course you’re on her side, she’s all about the Enlightenment! She might be the only person in the royal household with a scrap of humanity. And yet the truth reveals something altogether different: “Catherine’s reign was marked by vast territorial expansion,” according to History.com, “which greatly added to Russia’s coffers but did little to alleviate the suffering of her people.”

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Column: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood is obsessed with the lives of the ultra-rich and oblivious

Source:Chicago Tribune

Column: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood is obsessed with the lives of the ultra-rich and oblivious

Column: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood is obsessed with the lives of the ultra-rich

Source:The Pantagraph

Column: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood is obsessed with the lives of the ultra-rich