Dangerous Liaisons

Essay by crazybeautiful920High School, 12th gradeA+, June 2005

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A comparison of the movie featuring Glenn Close and the actual novel.

The beautifully directed movie Dangerous Liaisons and the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuse had many similarities and many differences. In this essay I will be discussing the differences and similarities of the two pieces of art. I will also state why I think the director Stephen Frears did not include some of the aspects of the long and detailed novel. Performance can often change the original textual interpretation of the novel.

Dangerous Liaisons takes place in the 18th century Rococo France. The story mostly focuses on two bored rich astrocrats Marquise Isabelle de Mertuil who is played by a wonderful Glenn Close, and Vicomte Sebastien de Valmont who is played by John Malkovich. Together, they decide to pass the time by playing a game of seduction, lust, and revenge with people they interact with. Isabelle de Merteuil used to date a guy named Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny who is played by Keanu Reeves who falls in love with her niece Cecile de Volanges who is played by a young Uma Thurman.

Angry, that she lost yet another lover to her beautiful niece she decides to get her past lover and friend Sebastien de Valmont to seduce Cecile and make her fall out of love with Le Chevalier. While this love triangle is going on, Isabelle dares Sebastien to seduce Madame Marie de Tourvel who is married. If he succeeds, he may finally have Isabelle's love.

One of the first differences between the movie and the novel, how the story is told. The entire novel is full of letters while the movie has action and is told in the present with the help of letters. The movie begins with Isabelle getting dressed in this beautiful gown. Her attendants does her...