Posted by Rich on July 30, 1999 at 12:06:42:
In Reply to: The Character of Duncan posted by Gayle on July 29, 1999 at 18:50:37:
: And then I start thinking about Duncan in all the various situations he had to deal with, and I believe Mann made him a much finer person than Cooper's Duncan in the book. He was more of a true gentleman, and braver, and he grew as a person with the evolving story. ....
Absolutely! Duncan, along with Cora, were developed more, I thought, than ANY of the other characters. The two British "aristocrats" - in love at one time, apparently, back in Europe - face a world totally foreign to them. Each handles it in their own way, but each seems to come to an appreciation, of sorts, by film's end.
Of course, Alice also faces these "foreign" intrusions into her psyche - not quite so developed, however. She, obviously, handles it all in a much different manner.
Basically, it seems to me, the three Brits were the real vehicle through which the complex layers of the human condition, that drive this story, were painted.
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