The Three Musketeers (1953 film)
|The Three Musketeers|
|Directed by||André Hunebelle|
|Produced by||Paul Cadéac|
|Written by||Michel Audiard|
|Based on||Les trois mousquetaires
by Alexandre Dumas père
|Music by||Jean Marion
|Edited by||Jean Feyte|
December 8, 1953 (Italy)
The Three Musketeers (French: Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a 1953 film based on the French novel of the same name. This adaptation is one of five films director André Hunebelle and screen writer Michel Audiard achieved together. Georges Marchal portrayed d'Artagnan. In real life he was clearly older (born in 1920) than this character, but Marchal happened to be one of the most famous actors of European cinema in these days. With hindsight this adaptation might be regarded as one of his lesser important appearances because later on he even starred for Luis Buñuel.
Young d'Artagnan leaves his parents and travels from his native Gascony to the capital of France because he wants to prove himself an excellent fencer and to become a musketeer. He is told by his father he must not avoid any duel. On his way to Paris, d'Artagnan feels that his honour is besmirched because he overhears how his horse is derided by a sinister nobleman. He can't help but demand immediate satisfaction. Unfortunately, of all men he finds he has challenged the Count de Rochefort, a shifty character to whom Cardinal Richelieu frequently entrusts covert operations. Rochefort's henchmen take care of d'Artagnan and steal from him. The enraged d'Artagnan is determined to take revenge and will eventually have the chance to do so, for the Queen has given a present to her secret admirer the Duke of Buckingham, and d'Artagnan must retrieve it from him, although he is now already back in England. If he fails her, Cardinal Richelieu is going to disclose Queen Anne's infidelity to King Louis XIII, in order to force a war against England upon him. The Cardinal and Count de Rochefort will do everything in their power if only they can put paid to d'Artagnan's mission. But with help from his three new friends d'Artagnan prevails.
|Danielle Godet||Constance Bonacieux|
|Marie Sabouret||Queen Anne|
|Louis Arbessier||King Louis XIII|
|Renaud Mary||Cardinal Richelieu|
|Yvonne Sanson||Milady de Winter|
|Jean-Marc Tennberg||Count De Rochefort|
|Steve Barclay||Duke of Buckingham|
|Félix Oudart||M. de Tréville|
|Claude Dauphin||the narrator|
The film was shot in the Studios de Saint-Maurice, on the premises of castle Fontainebleau and in the Forest of Fontainebleau. In 1966 André Hunebelle returned to Fontainebleau for his film Fantômas contre Scotland Yard.
This article incorporates information from the French Wikipedia.