Thursday, December 6, 2012

"Down on the Floor, Sir. I Think We're in for a Run."

Ok, so I read Sir Percy Hits Back! It was AMAZING, of course. I'm hoping to get a "my own personal thoughts on it" post up sometime in the next week...but don't count on it. ;)

Just found out an extremely interesting tidbit via Little Lady's blog...and thought I'd share.

Like (I suspect) most people, when I read El Dorado and of course saw TSP1982, the subplot of the Dauphin was intriguing, but written off as nice fiction because, as we all know, he was not saved by Our Illustrious Hero but tragically died. To be completely honest and slightly heretical, I wondered why on earth they included something that everyone knew didn't happen. I mean, why not pick another historical character who actually made it through the Reign of Terror?

Then today I was enlightened. (By the way, her review of the book/movie was delightful!)

According to her story, at the time of the film (and of course at the time of the writing of El Dorado), they were not sure whether or not the Dauphin had died (much like another pet obsession of mine, Anastasia Romanov).

The 1982 film version was a veritable Anastasia story with the inclusion of "the little Dauphin". Louis-Charles, Duke of Normandy, whose death at the time of the production of this film, was still unconfirmed (it wasn't proven until 2000 when they did a DNA test on the heart in the body supposed to be the prince's and it matched up with the DNA of Marie Antoinette's hair. Ew.).

So like all the Anastasia stories, the book/film was relying on the fact that no one knew what had happened to him. Unfortunately in both royal cases, we now know their fate, but this did clear up a lot in my mind!

So. Please tell me that I wasn't the only clueless Leaguette. Please. Or I shall be heartily ashamed. :)

And since we're talking about it and you can never have too much of this scene, here's the Epic Rescue Scene again. You're welcome. For research, you understand. Dauphin research. Yes.


Caroline L. said...

I. Did. Not. Know. That. =O I suddenly like El Dorado and the 1982 movie even better! Everything is now (as it were) crystal clear, my dear. And thank you very much for the scene. Very enlightening.

Lottie G. said...

I loved Sir Percy Hits Back!!! That was so awesome!! :D :D I haven't yet read El Dorado (I've found it online, but I really don't like the formatting of the chapters - Petty, I know - and they ask you not to copy and paste it on to notepad, word, open office, etc.) but my sisters both read it and loved it. Hopefully my grandmother will get it for my sister for christmas (so I can read it!! :D :D)

Can't wait for the movie to come out!! Looking forward to that!! :D :D

Little Lady said...

I love it!! Love how you went a little more in depth! One question my dear -- could you pop a link in to my blog where you say "Little Lady" (or to where you quote That would be fantastic! Mutual linkiness! :) Love your TSP posts! Keep it up!

Btw, you were NOT the only clueless Leaguette! I had no idea until last night...hence it taking me 3 hours to write the post...I researched every backwards and forward and was terrified you would catch me up. lol Glad to know I got you on this one. lol

Treskie said...

Gaaaaaaaah! That rescue scene is my favorite part of the movie... he looks so cool there. :)

Anne-girl said...

I didn't even know they had confirmed his death. I was just happily bumping along saying to myself. "and it could have happened too, because no one really knows what happened to the kid. And because Percy is just that awesome."

BatZion said...

I did not know this either!
I need to get a hold of the other books in the series. I just finished TSP... different to the 1982 movie I had seen, but still great! I LOVED the ending! :)

Ellie said...

I just found this blog! I don't know HOW I haven't before now. I've spent YEARS prowling the internet looking for SP stuff. I've read all the books (hunted them down and bought them all...I might be obsessed). Anyway, I've read through a bunch of these posts and finding an up and running blog is just wonderful. I'll be back :)

Sweet One said...

Who plays the dauphin? Ever seen him before? Hint: In another movie the same year he had this line: "Please sir, I want some more."