Welcome! Yes, what you see here on my blog are only opinions, which are based on my own reading of the books, my experience of movie!IWTV, and conversations I’ve had with other fans for all these years. I’m glad people have their own ideas, their own interpretations, I’ve learned a lot!
So what if one of the reasons why Louis loved Claudia so much was because Claudia somewhat resembled Louis’ wife?
It’s quite possible! Since Louis doesn’t have a wife in the books, only in the movie, we can only speculate about her. But I like to think Louis’ wife resembled the statue over her grave. I would think that Louis would have commissioned it, or been the one to choose it, but then again, it might have been in his family cemetery already.
If we look at the script, (you can do the google and you’ll find it), we get Louis’ wife’s name, Dianne de Pointe du Lac:
^BTW, I think the wife’s name is “Dianne” bc HELLO “Anne” Rice. “Die, Anne”? Maybe?
In the movie we know Louis’ wife died in childbirth and that’s all we really know about her and we never saw what she looked like. Maybe she had blue eyes and soft curly blonde hair like Claudia?
That’s definitely possible! There is a fic out there that suggests that Lestat would introduce himself as Claudia’s mother’s brother, hence their strong resemblance, and that Louis was in fact Claudia’s biological father. And that Claudia’s mother had died, and that her loving uncle was helping to raise her ❤
That’s kerosene. Used in lighting oil lamps at that time, too.
(^From a draft of the script.)
Apparently, “kerosene in its natural state is a clear, colorless liquid. To comply with U.S. federal tax law, kerosene is dyed red.” [X] Idk what colors it came in Paris in 1860-5ish, when Louis burned down the TdV… 😛
The fact that it came in a keg like that, and that alcohol is flammable, one could easily mistake it in the movie for wine. So many victims bled to death on that stage, and then considering that Lestat had told Louis to pretend blood was wine, I think it makes sense that this kerosene is amber/red in the movie, figuratively, it seems to be blood or wine, even if that color might be wrong historically.
Tom has said that he didn’t change the script for IWTV. Whether you believe him or not is up to you, but considering what did make it into the finished film (and reliable sources I have spoken to directly), I’d say he was willing to do pretty much everything they asked for.
And keep in mind that that movie really did push the envelope for its time. There are things in it that are still very difficult to film even now.
[X] Possibly a teensy ref to Lestat’s fur-lined cloak in TVL? Not fluffy enough to be wolf, but hopefully fake fur for the movie.
This is the image you referred to (it appears that he’s wearing the same coat with jacket underneath as in the screencap above):
I don’t know of any cemeteries that have multiple levels like that, what is that, stadium seating?, definitely not in NOLA (at least one of the cemeteries in NOLA is that crowded tho). There is a scene in one version of the script (thanks @thesaramonster!) that mentions a graveyard in Transylvania of course, when Claudia and Louis are on their own, searching for other vampires:
MONTAGE OF SKETCHES
A TRANSLYVANIAN VILLAGE, A GRAVEYARD.
RUINED CASTLE AFTER CASTLE, LOOKING INTO THE SKIES…
LOUIS The quest for these Old World vampires filled me with bitterness. We searched village after village, ruin after ruin and I was glad when always we found nothing. For what could the damned really have to say to the damned?
^So I don’t think Neil Jordan tried to include the scene in the book where they find and kill a zombpire, but that production still might have been sort of a reference to it.
But it’s especially sad that Louis still has that coat after Claudia’s been killed ;A;
Can you imagine how painful it would have been, returning to the hotel room he shared with Claudia, all her clothes and accessories exactly as they were when she left it last? ;A;
^Not sure why he only has one lens in, maybe those light ones made it hard to see? IDK WE MAY NEVER KNOW *cries* But in the novels, it was Armand’s idea to dress Lestat up for this trial, being overly glamorous emphasizes the sharp contrast between the clothes and his physical grossness, since Lestat was always so vain about his appearance ;A;
Okay, I know that I already submitted stuff to you before, but I think I have discovered something really cool. It seems to me that it’s the original script for the movie. However, I have not dug deep research into it.
Anyways, it’s very VERY morbid compared to the movie and in some parts is more like the book (and others, especially in the beginning, aren’t but are intriguing??).
@i-want-my-iwtv replied: Yes! I’m aware of this version of the script, April 1992, second draft (allegedly, but I bet there were a lot more drafts). Pretty easy to find, and this is the one that is probably most commonly printed out for the actors to sign, when you see autographed copies up on eBay.
It is a really fun read, even w/ the slightly ooc dialogue at times, but I can understand that AR was trying to shoehorn in as much canon as she could and I can’t fault her for that goal! And yes, it includes scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut. Some weren’t even filmed 😛
It has little gems in it like the names of Louis’ wife and child who died:
“DIANNE DE POINTE DU LAC 1763 – 1791 INFANT JEAN MARIE – 1791”
^Dianne would have been a little older than Louis, if she died at 28 ;A; And really, “DiANNE”? Nice author cameo, AR. Very smooth ;]
Fortunately for us, some of the filmed scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut still had production stills taken which were used in pre-release publicity (collected them in my #cut scenes tag) like this one:
^I think this was another early Tryna-Get-This-Dumb-Fledgling-To-Kill-People scene, before Louis ran off to chill in the sewers for a bit.
This version of the script also has a rewrite of the Lestat/Gabrielle waking-up-inside-a-crowded-church scene, but Louis and Claudia w/Lestat instead of Gabrielle!
lunchiemunchies: #I WOULD’VE LOVED TO SEE THIS EXCHANGE #BECAUSE LOUIS IS LAUGHING AND THAT MAKES LESTAT WANT TO LAUGH #IT WOULD’VE BEEN SUCH A CUTE LITTLE MOMENT #AND A FUNNY SCENE SINCE THEY’D SCARE THE PEOPLE #INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE