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Philippe de Broca
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Philippe de Broca
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's bastard, recently born. When the Duke learns of his child, he journeys to wed the mother, a baron's daughter, in her father's isolated chateau. The occupants of the castle are surprised and murdered by the Count and his men. The only ones to escape are the Duke's friend, the skilled swordsman Lagardère, and the infant, a girl, now the rightful heiress to the Duke's vast fortune. The Count believes the pair to have drowned, when in fact they have been concealed by a travelling troupe of Italian players. Twenty years pass. The Count has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain. But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Count, and employment as his bookkeeper, through his clever disguise as a hunch-back... Written by
Le Bossu is a magnificent swashbuckling adventure movie in the tradition of The Three Musketeers (Ollie Reed version) and Scaramouche.
The strength of the film is not just in its fight scenes (although it does have several of the best choreographed sword fights that I have ever seen...and you will never forget 'la Botte de Nevers'!) but in the way that the story and characters take you wholly and utterly into the world of seventeenth century France.
I have seen Le Bossu three times at the cinema: and each time have been amazed at the sheer level of audience participation. Even the most cynically blased of my friends have cheered the good guys, boo-ed the villains, and gasped at what's happening on screen.
Don't be put off by the fact that it's in French. The subtitles are intelligently translated and convey the full humour and feeling of a great script.
The cast will be unknown to most US and UK audiences: but Daniel Auteil is magnificent, Fabrice Luchini and Vincent Perez are superb, and Marie Gillain...well, remember the little girl with the bottom that you fancied like hell in "Mon pere ce heros"? She's back: and so is the bottom! Ah, the innocence, the fire, the backside!
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