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ACTIVITIES/ACTIVITATS 1-You’ve got the technical details of the film in Valencia. Translate it into English, so you can learn/revise the basic vocabulary related to audiovisual productions. Technique card Duration: 119min.


Nationality: U.K and EEUU

(Based in the work of Choderlos of

Year: 1988 (colour) Directory: Stephen FREARS Producer: WARNER BROS Producer: NORMA HEYMAN and HANK MOONJEAN







2- Write about 3 of the main characters (Madame de Merteuil, Viscount of Valmont, Madame de Tourvel, and Cecile de Volanges) Include their physical and personality description. Viscount of Valmont: All he cares about his own person and is related to the others only by interest, loves seducing women regardless of the feelings. He has got medium stature and he’s thin. He has the long and dark hair and brown eyes.

Madame de Tourvel: She’s innocent, religious, and she’s everything opposite to Viscount of Valmont. She‘s of average low and this thin stature. The colour of his hair is a clear chestnut-tree; his eyes are blue. Cecile de Volanges: She’s a young girl, fresh from the convent. Cécile is Merteuil and Valmont Dam She’s very amorous. His whole life consisted in listening and speaking. She’s a maroon-eyed brunette of medium height.

3- Write a description of the most representative locations of the age, like the lounges (living rooms), the bedrooms or the gardens. The rooms of that age, were spacious, not very showy and with stamped colors. The dining room was big enough with a long square table of wood and several chairs around it or also it was a round table with chairs around. The gardens were giant with many plants, and sites where to be able to walk and to enjoy of the days. There was also a fountain in the middle of the garden.

4- Do you think that they are genuine people? What do Mme de Merteuil and the Viscount of Valmount use to dress in front of the people? Which physical or material elements do they use to build their social identity?

They aren’t genuine people. They are crooks, manipulators and calculators because they think everything what they are going to do. For example: Viscount of Valmont manipulates the girls to do with them what Madame Merteuil wants.

5 - In the film you can find people who aren’t what they are supposed to be. The society of that age was based on rules, conventions and traditions which stopped people from being what they really were. What are the objectives that each character wants to meet? Means do they use to get those objectives? Are they really happy?

At the beginning Merteuil Marquise has been abandoned by her lover, to marry the virgin Cecile de Volanges, the daughter of his cousin Madame de Volanges. The Marquise asks his former lover and now friend the Vicomte de Valmont, who deflowering Cecile so he can not marry her lover and honored enemy. By rejecting this offer Valmont offers a bet: if Madame Tourvel causes fall into his arms, she offers a night of sex (but to prove it calls a letter written by the handwriting of Madame Tourvel). The aim of Viscount of Valmont, has been conquer Madame de Tourvel, a very devout and married lady. They use all kinds of objects and people to achieve their goals, as bribery to the servant, who helps Valmont. We do not think they are really happy because Mademe de Merteuil does what he does for revenge men and not be herself. And Valmont, is a womanizer who seems happy on the outside but deep must be tired of pursues women and we believe that falls of Madame Tourvel.

6 - Quina dona de les que hi apareixen a la pel·lícula et sembla més moderna, més atrevida, Més d’acord a l’esperit del Segle de les Llums reflectit a l’expressió Sapere aude? Mme de Merteuil, Mme de Tourvel, Cécile de Volanges, sa mare…? Justifica la teua resposta. La dona més moderna és Madame de Merteuil, perquè no es deixa portar pels demés, en concret perl homens, que antigament, eren més dominants sobre les dones. Ell, és forta i trau el seu fort caràcter que és necessari. És per això una dona dona avançada a aquella época, que va defendre la seua posició en una época i en un ambient molt complicat, tant per a ella com per a les dones en general.

7 - Diríeu que Mme de Tourvel és una persona “major d’edat” d’acord a l’ètica de Kant? Hi ha algun canvi en aquesta situació al llarg de la pel·lícula? Justifica detingudament la teua resposta utilitzant els teus coneixements. En un principi, no, perquè actua segons el que li diuen i segons la religió, que en aquella época regulava els pensaments i les accions, per això, no seria major d’edat. Però, quan s’enamora, canvia totalment de manera de ser, i passa a actuar segons els seus principis i els seus sentiments, de manera independent. Per això, en aquest moment, si que seria una persona major d’edat segons l’ètica de Kant.

8 - La pel·lícula és una critica a la moral i els costums de

l’aristocràcia durant el segle XVIII. Elabora t’ aquesta critica. Un element molt important és l’escena final de Mme de Merteuil, el desenllaç de Velmont, etc. La pel·lícula, critica el luxe la seducció el erotisme i la venjança. Ens mostra el sadisme, la guerra dels sexes, un intens joc de seducció en el qual perd el que s'enamora i que les emocions i els sentiments són els que a fi de comptes controlen els nostres actes i davant dels quals la raó té l'última paraula. A més de mostrar-nos la forta afecció als valors morals i la falsedat en eixa època. Un exemple es quan mor Valmont, on s’observen els seus sentiments de veritat, els quals havia amagat per a intentar aconseguir plaer amb Mme Merteuil, que sols volia utilizar-li. Degut a aquest motiu, va perdre el seu amor de veritat, Mme de Tourvel.

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