ⓘ The Three Musketeers (1961 film)

                                     

ⓘ The Three Musketeers (1961 film)

The Three Musketeers is a 1961 film adaptation of the novel by Alexandre Dumas, pere which consists of two parts. The script keeps close to the classic French novel. The director treats all the classic characters with respect, not making fun of any of them, although there is humour when dArtagnan rides his peculiar horse and when Planchet supplies wine for the heroes.

The films location shots were made in Bois de Boulogne, around and in the Chateau de Guermantes in Seine-et-Marne and in Semur-en-Auxois department Cote-dOr.

The settings, costumes and props are very elaborate and give the impression of historical accuracy. Bernard Borderie and his crew demonstrated here already the qualities which later contributed substantially to the success of his series of five costume drama films about Anne Golons heroine Angelique. Since Bernard Borderie had already made several Lemmy Caution films he was an expert for fighting scenes. In comparison to the likewise brilliant fencing the dancer Gene Kelly An American in Paris, Xanadu had provided as" dArtagnan” in an earlier adaptation, the fencing in this film looks less like dancing and more dangerous. But Borderie also knew how to present a fist fight. When dArtagnan defends Mme Bonacieux against a couple of the cardinals thugs, the director does not only use dramatic sound effects but furthermore lets Barrays punches look more explosive by taking out frames very precisely when he is about to hit. He is also capable of making us believe an outnumbered man could really win the day if only certain circumstances are given, because in Borderies films the thugs are often so overly keen on decking the hero that they actually hinder each other to succeed.

                                     

1. Cast

  • Guy Delorme as the Count De Rochefort
  • Jacques Toja as Aramis
  • Georges Descrieres as Athos
  • Jean Carmet as Planchet
  • Daniel Sorano as Cardinal Richelieu
  • Bernard Woringer as Porthos
  • Perrette Pradier as Constance Bonacieux
  • Mylene Demongeot as Milady de Winter
  • Gerard Barray as dArtagnan
  • Françoise Christoph as Queen Anne of Austria
  • Jacques Berthier as the Duke of Buckingham
  • Robert Berri as M. Bonacieux
  • Henri Nassiet as M. de Treville
  • Guy Trejan as King Louis XIII