Le masque de fer
- 2h 7min
The story of the Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the imprisonment in an iron mask of the identical twin of the King of France, Louis XIV.The story of the Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the imprisonment in an iron mask of the identical twin of the King of France, Louis XIV.The story of the Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the imprisonment in an iron mask of the identical twin of the King of France, Louis XIV.
It's a mediocre rendition from the immortal novels ¨Les Trois Mousquetaires" and "Vicomte De Bragelonne" about a captive locked at a citadel , as St Marguerite fortress holds a mysterious convict whose iron-masked face nobody may see on pain of death . Amusing swashbuckling with decent production , glamorous gowns and luxurious sets . Furthermore , a vein of humour is evident here , though sometimes falling flat . Spectacular as well as delightful swordplay in colorful style , this is a so-so version of the classic Dumas novel set in 17th Century France . It's a passable rendition from the immortal novel with pretty budget and breathtaking scenarios . For this new retelling is adapted in the greatest splendor , the complete romance , the historical characters , but being extremely free to vintage novel , in fact , Athos , Portos and Aramis don't appear . It is made in enough budget and packed with silly comedy in charge of Jean Rochefort , derring-do , intrigue , a love story , action , drama and moving swordplay . An awesome casting and lavish production shot in French Studios and location make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler .
Nice acting by Jean Marais , he gives a charming acting and manages to use his fists , swords and to do some acrobatics . Marais was a prestigious actor being special relevancy his relation to Jean Cocteau , as they remained close friends until Cocteau's death . Cocteau had a major influence on life and career of Jean Marais who appeared in almost every one of Cocteau's films. Together they made such classics as Beauty and the Beast (1946) , Orfeo (1950) and testament of Orfeo (1960) , to name a few . He also starred several adventure movies mostly directed by Andre Hunebelle such as 1962 Mysteries of Paris , 1961 The miracle of the wolves , 1960 the captain and 1959 The hunchback . During the 1960s and 1970s, Marais went on to star in several popular comedies, such as the Fantomas (1964) trilogy by director André Hunebelle . He co-starred with many major French actors of the time, including such stars as Louis de Funès and Mylène Demongeot in the Fantomas trilogy, and also Jean Gabin, Guy Delorme, Bourvil, Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan, and Yves Montand. Furthermore , the sympathetic actor Jean Rochefort and two European beauties who will get big successes : Claudine Auger and Sylva Koscina . And special mention for the notorious Italian actor Enrico Maria Salerno as Cardinal Mazarin , who rules France in the name of immature king Louis XIV , but finds him dangerously flirtatious . Pleasant performances by main star cast and enjoyable secondary cast , as the marvelous main actors are completed by stellar cast full of good and veteran French players . Glamorous production design is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors . Evocative and lively musical score along with colorful cinematography by Pierre Petit , being stunningly shown on the splendorous images and filmed on location in Étangs de Commelles, Coye-la-Forêt, Oise, France . The motion picture was regularly realized by Henry Decoin and it was one of the top 20 grossing movies of its year in France .
This classy story is previous and subsequently remade in several versions , firstly shot a mute rendition , 1929 , with Douglas Fairbanks , Tiny Sandford , Léon Bary , Henry Otto . Followed by the first sound recounting by James Whale (1939) with Louis Hayward and Joan Bennet . A 1998 retelling by William Richert with Edward Albert , Dana Barron , Timothy Bottoms , Meg Foster , James Gammon . And a TV adaptation titled ¨Man in iron mask¨ by Mike Newell with Richard Chamberlain , Louis Jourdan , Jenny Agutter and Ralph Richardson . Finally in 1998 by Randall Wallace with Leonardo DiCaprio , Gerard Depardieu , John Malkovich and Jeremy Irons . This is the most recent and lavish adaptation of the classy story . Rating : 5/10 . Acceptable and passable but middling . It will appeal to the costume genre buffs and Jean Marais fans .
- Oct 28, 2016