Tag Archives: Alexandre Dumas

Jim Caviezel is “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2001) – reviewed by George

The third and last of our Monte Cristos slides past last week’s version to claim the best of three prize. The script is simply outstanding, with clever touches throughout and without a slavish desire to stick close to the book. … Continue reading

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Richard Chamberlain is “The Count of Monte Cristo” (1974) – reviewed by George

This is a better version of the story than the 1934 version reviewed last week. The screen writer takes some interesting liberties with the plot, the film is in color, and Richard Chamberlain is terrific (sorry, all you fans of … Continue reading

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Robert Donat is “The Count of Monte Cristo” (1934) – reviewed by George

“1815 – Napoleon had achieved an empire and then lost it. Exhausted by years of revolution and war, France strove to make peace with her neighbors under the rule of Louis XVIII, while the Little Corporal, now in exile, reigned over … Continue reading

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Nick Richert is “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1997) – reviewed by George

This is a very different version, but a very interesting one. For some time there is little action, but lots of humor. The film begins with Alexandre Dumas (William Richert) telling his mistress the story he has just finished writing … Continue reading

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Leonardo DiCaprio is “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1998) – reviewed by George

Paris 1662 – Porthos (Gerard Depardieu) brings prostitutes to Aramis (Jeremy Irons), and of course finds him praying. Porthos sends the women away, telling them “Tomorrow..” The resulting R-rated conversation degenerates into a fight which is interrupted by D’Artagnan (Gabriel … Continue reading

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Beau Bridges is The Man in the Iron Mask in “The 5th Musketeer” (1979) – reviewed by George

This feature, shot in Austria, follows most of the happenings in the story, but makes some really nice changes too. D’Artagnan (Cornel Wilde) meets Colbert (Rex Harrison) in the woods and they ride on together, watched by an emissary of … Continue reading

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Richard Chamberlain as Philippe in “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1976) – reviewed by George

This remake has a wealth of changes, all of which are good. Dumas wouldn’t think so, but I think they add to the suspense, although the first change doesn’t make much sense: that is that Philippe is the first-born son … Continue reading

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Louis Hayward is “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1939) – reviewed by George

Alexandre Dumas published “The Three Musketeers” in 1844, and followed it up with a sequel “Twenty Years After” in 1845. Then in 1847 he published “Ten Years Later” which is the story of the man in the iron mask and how … Continue reading

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Logan Lerman is D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketeers” (2011) – reviewed by George

Europe is a powderkeg about to explode, and Athos (Matthew MacFadyen) is in Venice, actually in one of the canals wearing an underwater breathing apparatus. He uses new weaponry to wipe out a group of guards, climbs up the steps … Continue reading

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Vincent Elbaz is D’Artagnan in “The 4 Musketeers” (2005) – reviewed by George

Seems like it should have come around before now, but this is the only French version of the story I could find, and it’s a doozy. The stunts and the score are super, and the story is followed, but with … Continue reading

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