Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cousin Bette -- The Movie

I just watched a movie version of Balzac’s ‘Cousin Bette.’ It was made about ten years ago. It’s a story that has nearly everything. There is love, hate, family, jealously, revenge, male camaraderie, musical acts, a little debauchery, a duel, lots of infidelity, some insight into the artistic temperament and the background is Paris sinking into revolution. It is a costume drama with good costumes and sets and lots of horses and carriages. I was motivated to rent it because Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Shue are in it. Geraldine Chaplin, Jessica Lange and Bob Hoskins also have major roles. My main complaint is the music. It was OK but I think it could have been better if they had used more music from the period in which it’s set. They used lots of music from the time of Haydn. The music of Liszt, Berlioz, Chopin and others would have set the mood better.

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