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Written by Kristina F
(2/25/2013 9:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why talk about the duel?, penned by Robbin
Fair enough. (:D)
ET says ARís Brandon is virile yet sensitive, powerful yet quietly slightly dangerous (I agree).
Virile? Powerful? S&S2's Brandon allowed his father to force him into the army. He was too weak to stand up for himself and Eliza. He barely manages to carry Marianne in from the rain, falling over the threshold. What about him is "powerful," in your opinion?
Sensitive? IMO, he seems generally cold and distant, except for one notable scene in which he can't seem to control himself and begs Elinor for something to do. I suppose that counts.
I don't see much that I would call "slightly dangerous," either, but I do think that Alan Rickman is rather creepy in the role, as he is in most of his performances. Again, where do you detect the "danger" in the performance? I assumed that Emma Thompson was referencing the (cut) lines that mentioned the duel.
I like the duel scene in S&S3. I did notice something amusing. They also cut the dialog about the duel. It is not part of Brandonís confession to Elinor. She does not ask and he does not tell. Did DMís Brandon not think a duel was fit knowledge for a woman?!
Perhaps it could be that they were trying to avoid redundant information. After all, we SEE the duel in S&S3, so I suppose that there is no pressing need for the characters to talk about it. "Show, don't tell," is frequently the mantra for films and TV miniseries. It also might be due to time constraints. I, too, would have liked David Morrissey's Brandon to mention the duel. I simply can't imagine that his character would find the subject inappropriate for Elinor's ears. He seems far too sensible to have such thoughts!
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