Ben Affleck and Matt Damon: The Final Duel is a feminist film
The Final Duel, the medieval-set drama directed by Ridley Scott, is a feminist film, in line with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, its stars and co-writers.
Talking at a press convention on the Venice movie pageant shortly earlier than the movie’s world premiere, the pair have been eager to current their feminist credentials and the relevance of The Final Duel to the MeToo motion.
Saying that he thought-about himself a feminist, Affleck described The Final Duel as “a movie about somebody who’s denied justice, who goes to nice lengths to hunt justice at nice threat to themselves”. He added: “It’s about this unimaginable girl from historical past who spoke out towards a person who assaulted her, so naturally that appeared related [to MeToo].”
The Final Duel is customized from a 2004 e-book by Eric Jager concerning the final recorded trial by fight in French historical past, which came about in 1386 between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, after Le Gris was accused of raping Carrouges’ spouse Marguerite. Damon performs Carrouges and Adam Driver Le Gris, whereas Affleck is feudal overlord Rely Pierre d’Alençon and Jodie Comer is Marguerite. Affleck and Damon additionally acted as producers on the venture alongside Scott and co-writer Nicole Holofcener.
Including that “Europe and international locations colonised by Europe didn’t view ladies for a lot of many centuries as human beings,” Affleck added: “We felt that this was a narrative that might generate catharsis and empathy and, we hope, that we have a look at one another otherwise, to assist us ponder whether our private perspective could not consider one other particular person’s actuality – their historical past, acculturation, schooling.”
The movie takes provides three completely different variations of the identical central occasion, the rape of Marguerite by Le Gris, seen by means of completely different views – two male, and one feminine – in the identical method as Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 basic Rashomon. Affleck and Damon reunited to work on the script for the primary time since collectively successful the very best authentic screenplay Oscar in 1998 for Good Will Looking.
Damon outlined the difficulties that they had confronted as writers. “Within the male-centred tales, ladies seem when the lads want them for one thing; in any other case they’re ignored. They’re property, they don’t seem to be human beings.” He added: “At the moment the lads have been excellent at cataloguing every thing they did, however the ladies’s historical past was solely invisible – so all of us needed to make a whole lot of that up.”
Holofcener, greatest identified for writing low-key indie films similar to Beautiful & Wonderful and Associates With Cash, was introduced in to jot down the part with the feminine perspective. “[Affleck and Damon] wanted an actual girl to jot down Marguerite’s character. They have been smart to not try it, although I’m certain they’d have accomplished an amazing job.”
She added: “In fact we have been all conscious of the MeToo motion, and the way related the expertise this girl went by means of was.”
Affleck mentioned: “The nice phantasm of chivalry was that whereas it was about defending the harmless feminine, it was in reality a code that denied ladies’s fundamental humanity.” Alluding to Scott he mentioned: “The irony just isn’t misplaced on me that it’s a film made by a knight.”