Love or just regret?
Posted by Mary P on December 09, 1997 at 19:48:12:
In response to Question....maybe we can debate this??, written by Lynne on December 09, 1997 at 18:51:37
] When one reads all the missing scenes in the screenplay..do you feel the same sense of longing as I do...wishing they were included in the film? Or---do you believe S&S is perfect as is, and wouldn't change a thing? Would the extra scenes enhanced S&S...or would they have been a confusing addition? Maybe as we all read along, we can think about these questions, and others, such as how the limitations of budget and time affects a movie. Should very long books such as S&S be limited in this way, just over two hours....or is it necessary to have a mini series format to film these books properly?
] My own thoughts: I found P&P2 delightful in its very length...they had plenty of time to dwell over many scenes in the story, and to develop it to its fullest extent. S&S was wonderful, too....but one did wish they might have included Willoughby's confession, and the dinner with Mrs. Ferrars...I missed these scenes...did anyone else? But overall, they did a good job with character development, and the actors were just wonderful...sigh. Of course, I also own the BBC version of S&S, and they do include these scenes, so I do get my S&S "fix" from watching this version.
] Love to hear some opinions!
I'm glad to hear that someone else agrees that Willoughby's confession was sorely missed in the film. I think that Willoughby sitting on the horse watching the ceremony showed only regret. Essential to me, was the idea that Willoughby really loved Marianne which made it all the more bittersweet. Granted, I think she ended up with the better man, but there was an added dimension in the depth of Willoughby's confessed love. The last scene of the film showed a sense of sadness and regret, but those who haven't read the novel, wouldn't know that it stemmed from a REAL love for Marianne.
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