The Three Musketeers (1961 film)
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|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|
|Box office||$33.5 million|
The Three Musketeers is a 1961 film adaptation 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 supplies 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 adaptation, the fencing in this film looks less like dancing and more dangerous. But 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.
- Gérard Barray as d'Artagnan
- Mylène Demongeot as Milady de Winter
- Perrette Pradier as Constance Bonacieux
- Georges Descrières as Athos
- Bernard Woringer as Porthos
- Jacques Toja as Aramis
- Jean Carmet as Planchet
- Guy Delorme as the Count De Rochefort
- Daniel Sorano as Cardinal Richelieu
- Françoise Christoph as ( Queen) Anne of Austria
- Robert Berri as M. Bonacieux
- Henri Nassiet as M. de Tréville
- Guy Tréjan as (King) Louis XIII
- Jacques Berthier as the Duke of Buckingham
The film was the sixth most popular movie at the French box office in 1961.
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