23623 wrote:....am I the only one who hears "you'll be sleeping with Madame Guillotine" instead of "you'll be smitten with Madame Guillotine"? I know the correct lyrics, but I still hear that.
Acaila wrote:I watched the 1982 movie last night,
deHavilland wrote:His name in the books is Armand, but in that way where books can have multiple characters with similar names, the film industry shies away from that like horses and snakes: they seem to favor Paul instead. God forbid we confuse Chauvelin with Marguerite's brother. There's far too many Armands to keep track off!
deHavilland wrote:Now if you really, really want to sympathize with Chauvelin, I would go for that mini-series I mentioned above because Martin Shaw in the mud tied to a fence post. Hello. (Elizabeth McGovern is terrible in everything as Marguerite though.)
deHavilland wrote:The antagonist here is the revolution itself, with both Percy and Chauvelin playing protagonists who are just playing the cards that have been dealt them in their own ways. They made a point of creating mutual respect between both characters which you don't really see in the musical or film adaptations, but which does start to appear in the books as they progress. Which is more interesting to me than deliberately vilifying one of them: Javert and Valjean on equal footing but with different methodologies and belief systems is better than evil!Javert vs. angelic!Valjean. Same story for Chauvelin and Percy.
23623 wrote:And I'd love to see Percy and Chauvelin showing some mutual respect, though I admit watching Percy teasing little Chauvelin is really fun.
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