The Three Musketeers (1961 film)
|The Three Musketeers|
Semur-en-Auxois, one of the locations
|Directed by||Bernard Borderie|
|Produced by||Films Borderie
Les Films Modernes
Le Film d'Art
|Written by||Bernard Borderie et
Jean-Bernard Luc 
|Based on||The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas père
|Music by||Paul Misraki|
|Edited by||Christian Gaudin|
|Distributed by||Pathé Distribution|
|Running time||186 minutes|
The Three Musketeers is a 1961 film adaption of the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père 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 d'Artagnan rides his peculiar horse and when Planchet supplys wine for the heroes.
The settings, costumes and props are very elaborate and provide the impression of historic 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 Golon's 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 “d'Artagnan” in an earlier adaption, the fencing in this film looks less like dancing and more dangerous. But of course Borderie also knew how to present a fist fight. When d'Artagnan defends Mme Bonacieux against a couple of the cardinal's thugs, the director does not only use dramatic sound effects but furthermore lets Barray's 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 Borderie's films the thugs are often so overly keen on decking the hero that they actually hinder each other to succeed.
- Perrette Pradier as Constance Bonacieux
- Jean Carmet as Planchet
- Robert Berri as M. Bonancieux
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