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Stage Beauty

Yes, we *finally* got around to watching it!

Very good, although it moves slowly until at least half-way through. Amazing acting. Very exciting ending BUT I am still very disturbed by one thing:





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Why on *earth* would she want to stay with a man who had just tried to, nay, DID kill her?!? She must be literally crazy in love. Or something. She had said earlier that a *woman* would not just "die gracefully" (or however that line goes)--that a REAL woman would *fight*. So why in hell would she even want to be in the same room with him ever again after what he tried to do to her?!?

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sanda56
Jun. 4th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
No, see it's a trick that the writer plays on the audience. I think the director talks about it in his bit. From when Ned says, "I blame you for my death." the audience starts to imagine that he's got some wicked plan for Maria. Actually he thinks the world of her, in his own muddled sort of way.

The death scene has been torturing our hero all through the movie. He really wants to get it right - even to the extent of inventing method acting 400 years early. ;) It's the most incredible moment when we the audience and the 17th century audience don't know if it's acting or Ned has actually murdered Maria in front of the King and his court. Turns out they were acting. Maria as much as Ned. Remember he said, "Save something for the moment," well that's why we thought she was dead, she was acting. I'd say she did fight a bit. Compare her death to Ned's at the beginning.

I mean yes Ned hurt her, but balanced with the standing ovation and finally having the man she adores treat her lovingly it really didn't matter to Maria.

(They got married and had 6 children.) :)
countrymouse
Jun. 4th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'll have to rewatch it with the commentary. That'll help. But your post helped a LOT! Thanks. :-)
sanda56
Jun. 4th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
It's the sort of film you have to watch a few times to understand. The first time I saw it I was just "what????" I knew I loved it, but I had to wait for the DVD to come out to work out what it was all about.

Some of it doesn't make sense anyway.

Still, lovely, lovely movie. So pleased you liked it. :D
countrymouse
Jun. 26th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Meee toooo.

Hey, is it really true Billy Crudup (did I spell his name right?) left his wife/fiancee/whoever that was when she was pregnant to go be with Clare Danes? Eep?
sanda56
Jun. 26th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
was when she was pregnant to go be with Clare Danes? Eep?

Yes, Mary-Louise Parker was Billy Crudup's partner for 9 years. He left her for Clare Danes when she was 8 months pregnant. Bastard! Still Mary-Louise Parker seems to be a very strong woman and is coping well. She called the baby William after his dad. *gulp*

Two years on Clare and Billy are still shy about being seen in public together. They arrived at the recent Tony awards separately. The scandal has made Billy way more well known, which he detests. He liked to be anonymous.

Way I look at it though, you just don't know what's going on in people's lives and it's wrong to judge. (OK I do but I try not too!) ;)
countrymouse
Jun. 26th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Eep! Makes you wonder what he's really like; or else what was going on in their relationship, that he would leave then. Oh well! Thanks for filling me in!
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