Re-watched Charles II: The Power & the Passion.
There’s this scene (shot in French with english hardsubs, kudos for that) set in 1670, where Princess Henrietta begs Monsieur, her husband, to let her go to England in order to arrange with her brother, King Charles II, what would soon be known as the Secret Treaty of Dover.For some weird reason, I had erased this scene from my mind and now I realize why.
I was totally like (# ﾟДﾟ)つNOOOO why are you portraying Monsieur in the worst possible light?
It’s a fact; Philippe would not allow Henrietta to go to England and even made complaints to the English King, insisting that his wife remained by his side—the one that was not already occupied by Chevalier de Lorraine; ahem.
But it’s sad to think that Philippe could be for real so mean, offensive and abusive towards his wife.
In "Vicomte de Bragelonne", Philippe is portrayed as a cute, happy, easygoing yet light-headed and vain 19-year-old gay boy who likes gossiping with his new boyfriend about everyone and everything , is jealous of his new wife’s popularity among courtiers and can’t stand the idea that one of his former lovers flirts with her.But he’s not a malignant wuss like his friends, de Lorraine and de Vardes, or a potential rapist.Too bad that all those years of unhappy marriage could possibly turn him into an actual asshole.And Madame—well, to me, she wasn’t the most well-intentioned character in the book and she’s rather giddy, selfish and snotty.In this series however, she’s constantly punished for her flirtations with her husband’s brother and ex-lover, is humiliated for their most unfortunate children, she’s so weak and affectionate and asthenic that I ended up feeling so sorry for her ( ´_υ｀). In the same manner, in the epilogue of The Man In The Iron Mask, Henrietta’s unhappiness is pretty obvious to the readers: having been deprived of her friend/lover, she asks the King to send de Lorraine away from Court as she considers him a great threat for her own life.Well, in this case, Dumas’ literature did not deviate from History that much.
So, that second picture: the costumes, the powdered wigs, the make-up, the gestures, the extraordinarily successful casting for de Lorraine and his uncovered chest, the wicked smiles and GAWD, that punchline.This is so wrong and disturbing
that from an artistic point of view, it ends up being almost brilliant.
And that "not in front of him" was so ;(
This portrayal of Monsieur makes me so sad. I hope no one sees this series and thinks he was actually that awful. He was a sweetheart who just needed to learn to control his jealousy a little better! I wonder if BBC was playing on that age old England vs. France rivalry, like “let’s make all the less well known British people innocent and/or relatable and make all the French people evil and pompous!” Just one glance at that wig they chose for Monsieur and one can tell that not much effort was put in to portraying him correctly.
Oh, BBC.Sometimes I love you and hate you at the same time.
Gonna post about this soon.
Maybe I should also add the trigger warning thing for various reasons…?
It’s a croque-Monsieur. Ha. Ha ha ha.
I think about this a little bit every time I order one of these. <3
sassydetective a dit: 24, 25, please!
24.Most underrated historical figure?
That’s an easy one. Philippe Ist of Orléans. People usually know his son, the Regent, but are very surprised to learn that Louis XIV had a brother. I had a dicussion about him once with my best friend, and I was explaining to him who he was and why I was fascinated by him. He said “ok I can get it but… you know… he’s not like Alexander the Great, or the Sun King, or Napoleon. I mean… He’s done nothing.” Well it made me so furious. Because everything that Monsieur did was destroyed or spread out around the world by his descendent. The Palais-Royal was totally rebuilt in the end of the 18th Century, the Château de Saint-Cloud destroyed at the end of the 19th, all his collection with it or most, all his military actions were put upon the banner of his brother, not speaking about his familly. And I was there defending my sweet Phiphi and adding : “You know Philippe d’Orléans was the partying guy, the gay and superficial shiny brother BUT he was THE expert about everything relying on genealogy and Etiquette. He knew every noble family in France by name, they’re relation with other family and therefore what respect and treatment they deserved etc. And I am truly convinced that every protocole created by Louis at Versailles has to one point been approved by Philippe, because on these sort of questions Louis asked councel to his brother (which for anything else wasn’t allowed in the small council). It seems to be something without importance but Etiquette and protocole ruled everything for a century in Versailles, and therefore in France, and when I mean everything, it’s EVERYTHING; So no I’m sorry Monsieur wasn’t useless apart from his official role of royal prince and Son of France. In his way he had a part in the construction of France’s absolute monarchy.” My friend didn’t really get my point and I’m sorry about that xD but I’ll try harder the next time x3
25. Most overrated historical figure in your opinion?
Aw well… That’s complicated. I don’t have one in mind now… Really x) I’m sorry U.U I think the Doctor Guillotin, because he never invented the guillotine but just add a little thing and just globaly take the idea from another guy.
A little Monsieur sketch and his female bodyguard (long story of mine).
Anne d’Autriche shows us her cuddly babies