Carrying Marianne, More thoughts....
Posted by Lynne on October 20, 1997 at 01:42:59:
In response to Was that intentional?, written by Arnessa on October 19, 1997 at 13:53:59
] ] yeah but not as funny as Alan Rickman carrying her back from the boundary line overlooking Will's property. I loved that comparison. Will carrying her as if she were lite as feather and Brandon looking like she weighed a ton. That was a nice little touch.
] Ha! I never thought of the comparison like that. Do you think they intended to draw that distinction or was is just that Rickman isn't as young as Wise?
] I don't have the screenplay and diaries so if they say something about it there, please tell.
Supposedly, Kate Winslet collapsed when they were shooting the scene where she stands on the hill above Combe Magna; Ang Lee comments something on the order of "Now, I have tortured her..." To which Alan Rickman replies (referring to the scenes in which he will have to carry her back to Cleveland): "Well, soon you will get to torture me." I am remembering this just off the top of my head, so if it isn't accurate, someone please correct me... But, it did sound as if shooting these scenes was physically difficult, even for the youthful Kate Winslet....and considering AR is about 51, I think it should not be surprising it looks rather difficult for him.
But....as to the differences it makes to the story, I think it probably does seem a bit symbolic. When Marianne meets Will, it's a much happier moment: she is open to love and all its fantasies, and here comes a savior, on a white horse, who enters her life with so much drama (did anyone else notice the way he throws open his coat to in order to free his hand....that flourishing guesture he seems to employ?) and how he almost caressingly removes her shoe....the atmosphere is so sexually charged, and Marianne is, at that point, looking for her one and only....naturally, it all comes easily. That first few minutes of falling in love, of attraction----that does seem to happen effortlessly, hence the appearance of Marianne seeming to weigh less than a dried leaf. Her experience is yet to have much substance.
Contrast that with her rescue by Colonel Brandon---as a physical burden she has become more substantial because she has known more pain----no longer does love seem so easy, so carefree. The same for Colonel Brandon, though he has probably known this for years....that loving another can bring terrible pain, and that loving someone is not always easy. And Marianne is still not over with suffering for love: she later becomes ill. So, before this scene there has been sorrow, and more is to come: Marianne still has lessons to learn. Also, perhaps she did not particualarly come with Brandon willingly----she may have been hysterical, and that also would make his task more difficult, not to mention he is still in love with her, and to see her so distraught would be very upsetting----under any of those circumstances, the strongest of men would be very much out of breath before it was all over.
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