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Valmont  [DVD]
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Based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos, this sweeping period epic set in decadent late 18th century France is the scathing and dramatic tale of the bitter Marguise de Mereuil - a woman so consumed with greed and arrogance she will stop at nothing to bring down those who do not yield to her ambitions and desires. Her ploy is devilishly simple and spiteful: She conspires with her former lover, Valmont, to seduce and innocent young bride so depriving the girl's suitor of the privelege of marrying a virgin.
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The plot focuses on Valmont and he is played believably by Firth as an imperfect young man, not a sex machine on legs.
Mertuil is shown as a much more tender, capricious figure than we see in the more popular 'Dangerous Liaisons'. Neither she nor Valmont seem like monsters or secret prostitutes; only weak ammoral humans who get hoist by their own petards.
We see Merteuil first as a social figure kind, happy, trusted and young. She is dumped by her lover and this triggers her lust for revenge; the relationship with Valmont is played down. He falls in love at his aunt's chateau - Lovely to see Gabrielle Drake in a very rare appearance [Love her voice] as the ever so slightly confused aunt.
I found that the story line got lost as the denouement approached. Why Valmont went to duel as he did is not clear. What happened to the disgraced married lover he was in love with is also not clear - though plainly she survives what is here shown as a very open and torrid affair. And the disgrace of Merteuil is certainly underplayed.
Despite excellent costumes - though Merteuil in several scenes wore the same outfit - hardly extravagant! - and a delightfully french 18th century feel to the photography and scene setting - the film left me dissatisfied. It was certainly created with intelligence and real thought but I suspect that the writers were not able to hold together the complexity of the relationships.
But definitely worth seeing and enjoying!
Recommended to all who love literature and costume movies. Excellent soundtrack too.
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I didn't care of the lewd sex seen with an under-aged girl.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thank you. Box arrived in excellent condition, just as described. Happy to do business with you.Published 8 months ago by Sophia Tellen
This film shows what a professional, sensually-charasmatic, actor Colin Firth is - he plays Valmont excellently, for me he brings a softer, truer depth to his charactor than that... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Linda M Duncan