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It is my intention to compare the book Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos to its modern movie version Cruel Intentions starring Sarah Michelle Gellar I intend to examine how the original French text was modified in reference to plot character moralsvalues and themes I also plan to discuss how these transformations change the meaning of the story and reflect different culturalhistorical contexts There are some major differences between these two works if only because of when they were written First the plots of both works need to be discussed and explained how they are different The stories of both works have basically the same structure until it gets toward the endings In Dangerous Liaisons the Vicomte de Valmont dies in a sword battle between him and Danceny Right before he dies though he gives Danceny all of his letters between him and the Marquise de Merteuil and tells him to circulate them in order to ruin Merteuils reputation Danceny does this and then moves away for a while Merteuil ends up becoming disfigured from small pox and her reputation crumbles She moves to Holland because of this Cecile moves back into the convent and Madame de Tourvel dies of misery because of the suffering that Valmont put her through Because Cruel Intentions is such a modernized version of this story the ending is a lot different Sebastian Valmont dies by being hit by a car because he pushed Annette Tourvel out of the way in order to save her life Obviously this is a much more modern way of dying in a movie than dying in a sword fight Also it shows the Valmont character as being more heroic which in Dangerous Liaisons he was not quite so heroic In the movie it does not really say what happens to Ronald Danceny He fights with Sebastian and that is the last we see of him Catherine Merteuil like in the book also has her
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