King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »
King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever. Richelieu enlists D'Artagnan to look after and protect the young prince. Meanwhile, de Rochefort learns of the twins and Richelieu's plans, and kidnaps the twin, raising him in secret. Many years later, with Richelieu dead and the young prince crowned King Louis XIV, Rochefort launches his plan. The king is kidnapped, replaced with his twin, put in an iron mask so as not to be recognized, and led off to a remote castle to be held prisoner. Louis XIV is able to ... Written by
Theron Trowbridge <Tmonk@concentric.net>
In the prologue, the four musketeers stand in a framing device, as a medieval stage booth, and D'Artagnan steps forward and speaks to the audience, then steps back and resumes his position with the other three, who remained motionless; after the mid-point intermission, the same situation is repeated, with D'Artagnan speaking again to the audience, finishing with the words, "once more, once more...", after which the film resumes with the title card "20 years later". These were the two Douglas Fairbanks' first scenes with spoken dialogue, in his last silent film. See more »
This movie has the unique status of having been a sequel in novel form even before the movies started. Dumas père wrote The Man in the Iron Mask to exploit the success of The Three Musketeers, and no doubt Hollywood figured they might as well follow the novelist's example and produce another movie with Douglas Fairbanks as d'Artagnan. Here, as always, Fairbanks is the pre-eminent swashbuckler, leaping onto his horse from windows, climbing trees acrobatically, and swordfighting against great odds, even when the story line calls for him to have aged at least twenty years. The costumes and sets are lavish, and the structure of the silent filmin the version I saw provided with a competent voice-over narrator, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.is almost coherent, though not entirely. It helps to know the story in advance. I would have preferred to see it in its original form, with intertitles.
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