"Poetry is a soul inaugurating a form." ~Edward Hirsch, How To Read A Poem and Fall In Love With Poetry
General question for those of you who have seen Cruel Intentions: What is the symbolism/significance of Annette driving Sebastian's car away from the city with his journal on the passeger seat (the movie opens, to refresh your memory, with Sebastian driving into the city, journal on his passeger seat)? If you wanna get really in-depth, include information about the sunglasses' significance as well.
And if you have absolutely nothing else to do, you could skim my paper about the movie for my Film Appreciation class. While it's like 9 pages long, I think it's at least a little bit interesting, so like I said, if you have no life, feel free to read on...
Even when Katherine convinces him that he really cannot change, that he cannot be in love with Annette and renounce his past overnight, and he breaks up with Annette, we can see that he is lying. He cannot keep from crying and he is shaking when he tells her that he never loved her, that he just used her. This scene especially shows that he has truly changed and does really love her. But the climax comes when he finally shows the ultimate form of love, when he sacrifices his life for her.
The editing was another aspect that added a lot to the way the story was told. An example of where editing had a strong impact is the fight scene at the end. Katherine has just told Ronald, the person in love with Cecile, that Sebastian has slept with Cecile. Sebastian spent the entire night waiting outside of Annette’s house, while she reads his journal that explains why he hurt her. As the scene changes from night to morning, the music sets the tone, and we flash between Ronald, Sebastian, and Annette all walking towards the same place. The angles and rapid change in viewpoint (first we see Sebastian walking from left to right, then Ronald towards the camera, then Annette in the direction that Sebastian was walking towards, then quickly back to Ronald from a different direction, etc.) gives the definite impression that there is building up to some sort of confrontation.