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What I am attempting to do with the duel is to restore subtlety and maturity to the movie experience. I may not be able to do this if it cuts out vital story elements, but I think the audience can be uneasy with Anakin's choices/actions even if he doesn't seem to be so uneasy.
He hasn't been punished for slaughtering an entire tribe of Sand People, so, I would think it would be conceivable that, in light of his friendship with Obi-wan and his love for Padme, he could slip into a moment in battle like this and still think himself a generally good guy. If the audience doesn't already see Anakin as fallen due to the Episode 2 slaughter, then, at least this moment's indiscretion charts another (major) point in Anakin's fall to the Dark Side.
I'm hoping that removing the Chancellor's overt influence of Anakin makes the Chancellor more sinister in the long run and relieves the scene of a grown warrior being spoken to like a child (for the most part).
Also, I think it starts things rolling in the direction of Palpatine's revelation of himself to Anakin as a Sith Lord, and, perhaps, it makes the seduction more subtle, as this seduction should be. Encouraging someone to act in a particular way is one thing, but to suddenly growl "Do it!" in a unusual voice stretches believability as far as seduction is concerned.
Ultimately, I hope to edit something that will be more of a worthy predecessor to the cinematic maturity of Episode 4. So, the litmus test here is: does my maipulation of the story make the movie more or less cinematic?