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If we learn the 2 sentences aloud, it needs to be admitted that Cocteau more advantageous on Diderot; he further the song. In Diderot’s tale, the entire characters are base. Madame de los angeles Pommeraye is vengeance itself, a natural Racine personality (pure within the experience that Phèdre is pure), and Madame Duquenoi and her daughter, the pious women, push duplicity to the purpose of going to confession assuming that the Marquis will corrupt their confessor and discover every little thing. whilst Diderot’s hostess finishes her story, Jacques’ instructor says, “My expensive hostess, you inform the tale rather well, yet you continue to have a ways to move in dramatic paintings. if you'd like your younger lady to be attention-grabbing, you need to train her simplicity, and exhibit her to us because the blameless sufferer, opposed to her will, of her mom and of Madame de l. a. Pommeraye, and convey us that the crudest issues are performed to her…When you introduce a personality right into a scene, his function needs to be singular. you might have sinned opposed to the foundations of Aristides, Horace, Vida and Le Bossu. ” what's so much impressive approximately Cocteau’s and Bresson’s variation, why it's while devoted and untrue, is they took the observations of Jacques’ instructor under consideration: within the movie, Agnès is unequivocal, she is the blameless sufferer of Helene. The lion’s percentage of accountability is going to Cocteau; from the first actual alternate, his mark is in every single place: “Have I now not succeeded in distracting you? Are you agony? ” And later: “There is not any such factor as love, in basic terms its proofs. ” and extra: “I love gold, it truly is such as you: sizzling, chilly, transparent, somber, incorruptible. ” but when one doesn’t understand Diderot’s textual content, this is able to simply be ignored. simply as Giraudoux gave Les Anges du Péché its dynamism, Cocteau endows Les Dames with existence. we can't fail to be struck through the similarities among the movies that Cocteau has himself made considering that 1945 and this one. the connection among Paul Bernard and Elina Labourdette in Les Dames is precisely just like among Josette Day and Jean Marais in l. a. Belle et le Bête (Beauty and the Beast). there's among them a love that ends up in overall submission and devotion. Maria Casares reminds us unavoidably of Nicole Stéphane in Les Enfants Terribles as she proclaims these sentences which are Cocteau’s trademark: “And principally, don’t thank me” or “Don’t pull down my helps. ” To escape from the monotony of the standard labels which are utilized to Cocteau, we must always imagine challenging approximately his realism. It starts off with the “spoken” aspect of his dialogues, which occasionally make us smile: “I can’t obtain you, are available. ” the pointy experience of realism, whilst it’s driven to its limits, introduces the eccentric. two decades after Les Enfants Terribles, Cocteau can movie it with out altering a be aware of the discussion and the actors can bring it with awesome fact. an exceptional instance, which borders at the baroque yet with no being ridiculous, is a scene the place Maria Casares walks down a staircase speaking to Paul Bernard, who's escaping by means of the elevator: “Why are you leaving?