Dangerous Liaisons *

How did she die, when? Since she is still living, the hidden madness, the evil of corrupting and destroying everything. Woman's war against the world. She knows no mercy. Anger. To kill love. Must not exist. Sex is her weapon. Flesh. The power of the body. Her personal vindetta. What was done to her (one monologue only)?

She is De Sade! The only last spark is left -- her feeling for Valmont.

Her laughter.

What is this gesture?

How to show that she is deadly?

"Donna Giovanni." Most modern character in the cast. Liberated from being a woman.

Flesh = Death on set page.

Marquise De Merteuil - "When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew then that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest to me, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learn how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork onto the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelist to see what I could get away with, and in the end it all came down to one wonderfully simple principle: that happiness and vanity are incompatible."


Marquise de Merteuil - "I've distilled every thing to one single principal: win or die." Did she break with him because she couldn't make him love her? Does she deny her own love for him? She can't help it: she has to find some form of relations, because her mind is preoccupied with him. She knows him more than anybody else, more than he himself. She knows his drama, but she is not the one, who can open his heart and save him from himself. He was and is his friend. Does she know that he is dying and will die in the end?

She knows who he is, but thinks that he can be changed? What she doesn't have?

What do you do when you lost it and you know that you did?


She is evil and she is dead, that's why she is strong. The end -- all are dead. She won. Something of a vampire. Witch.


Dangerous thought. What if she is ugly as hell? Nothing else. And everything that Tourvel got is the beauty. They invented parfume at this time, because they thought that they are repulsive? They discover their own flesh and got shocked? The smale of it! And the mirror technology was improved. Big mirrors in the palaces I remember since I saw it first as a child and was stunned to see the whole body of me -- is that what happened to them?


The makeup scene, which I had to gave up in HamletDreams with Gertrude. As if she makes her so old, pale, mask, because she knows it's coming. Then washes her face. Maybe her hands, arms, breast. As if she is to put her own body in the grave.
Next: Valmont
Marquise De Merteuil - "You'll find the pain is like the shame, you only feel it once".