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Facing the Consequences of Sexual Corruption in Dangerous Liaisons – A Film Analysis on the Duel Scene Between Vicomte de Valmont and Chevalier Danceny Brittany Demircan Professor Marie-Anne Visoi FCS 292 24 February 2020 Dangerous Liaisons reveals the perverse nature of aristocratic society in pre- revolutionary France where sexual corruption was used as a weapon and strategy. Its origins are rooted within the social constraints of 18 th century France, which encompassed gender inequality where women were primarily seen as instruments for men (Abray). In the film, the auteur uses the narcissistic protagonists, Vicomte - de - Valmont and Madame - de - Merteuil to plan seduction of Madame - de - Tourvel, a virtuous, married woman. The libertine protagonists succeed in their plan but not without causing consequences to all. This is especially clear during the duel scene between Vicomte - de - Valmont and Chevalier - Danceny where many cinematic effects were used to portray the pain suffered by the characters.

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