I think she is to blame, right? Because she makes the first move, right? She just couldn’t resist me anymore. It felt like it was meant to happen. Of course they do have sexual feelings for one another, but it mostly comes from a deep, deep love. I think they also both tried to have romantic relationships with other people and it hasn’t worked—and probably because they keep comparing everyone who comes into their lives to that ideal of brother or sister that they have.
There are so many emotions involved in that sexual act that it couldn’t have been just jumping each other’s bones. There’s a lot more involved and it’s a lot of mixed emotions. When it happens there’s pain, there’s relief, there’s the feeling that it was inevitable. There’s also fear for the future and it all happens at once. And that’s what love can be.
There are different kinds of love and when you love someone as much as Cesare loves Lucrezia, you want to possess her but you wish her happiness more than yours. And I think Cesare has many doubts about what’s better for her. I’m sure, for himself, he enjoyed the whole thing. I don’t think he has many personal regrets about it. But I think for her especially he feels like he should be the bigger man. He should lead her the right way. And he probably feels that he failed her in a way.
Is incest worse than murder? People can be so prudish. This is so funny actually. It’s like the MPAA ratings; I’m always surprised that like if someone walks out of the shower in the nude it can’t be seen by 17-year-olds, but then 13-year-olds are allowed to go see people blowing up other people’s heads for three hours. Amazing. I don’t know what people are so afraid of.