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Written by Kristina F
(2/8/2013 5:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, edits and cuts, penned by Rae Elaine
...about the last scene, specifically? I find it very strange that, even though the original screenplay does NOT contain it, the filmmakers apparently thought it necessary to have the camera linger on Willoughby's pensive expression in a close-up shot. The original screenplay simply says that Willoughby is to be shown far away, so if the script had been followed during filming, we would NOT have seen his expression. It just seems to me that the filmmakers decided to try to make the audience feel sorry for Willoughby, so they changed the scene accordingly. This is deeply irritating to me.
As silly as it is (and it is extremely so), I also think that the bit where Fanny Dashwood is knocked over by a coin hitting her face should have been left in, as a critique of her and her husband's greedy natures. As it is, the actual film ends with money being tossed everywhere after the wedding, and the implicit message that wealth is the most important thing in the world, and Marianne married not for love, but for financial security.
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