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Written by Kristina F
(2/17/2013 1:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Showing relationships by symbols and dialog, penned by Robbin
I think that S&S3 did an outstanding job of showing Marianne's and Brandon's growing feelings for each other, in a sense improving upon the very rushed, truncated ending of S&S2, but if I were to make changes to the scenes we have discussed in S&S2, without greatly altering the events themselves or adding new ones, then they might be as follows. In the poetry-reading scene, Marianne and Brandon might engage in a little flirtatious conversation about their favorite lines in the poem, or perhaps the meaning of the lines that they have just read. Marianne could show some of the passion and zest that she expressed so well in the earlier scenes of the film, and Brandon could actually express some excitement for once. Later, when Marianne is talking with Elinor, she could indicate in some way that she is beginning to feel differently about Brandon, mention some of the things that they have been talking about, and perhaps mention that Brandon is allowing her use of his library (the latter remark WAS in the original screenplay, but it appears that it was cut from the final film). When Marianne is learning the piece of music that Brandon gave her, she could show at least some excitement when her mother calls out that she thinks Brandon has arrived for a visit, instead of ignoring her and just continuing to play. Again, in the screenplay, Marianne does jump up with excitement at the mention of Brandon, but for some reason this isn't in the film.
Those are all of the changes I can think of that would actually keep the film's current structure intact while significantly improving the Marianne/Brandon dynamic. Personally, I think that more scenes should have been added - perhaps a montage showing Marianne and Brandon enjoying each other's company at Delaford before their wedding, and possibly Brandon's proposal. Of course, I don't like Alan Rickman as Brandon, because I feel that he was far too old, had some very off-putting mannerisms, and (somewhat surprisingly, for him) was stiff and unemotional, so I would definitely recast that role. I would probably keep Kate Winslet as Marianne, though.
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