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The Prisoner of the Iron Mask (1961)

La vendetta della maschera di ferro (original title)
A villain is poisoning a duke ;he imprisons his son ,wearing an iron mask,in a dungeon .


Francesco De Feo




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Lemoine ... André
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Christina
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Astolfo
Jany Clair Jany Clair ... Isabella
Vanni Materassi ... Marco de Loria
Tiziana Casetti Tiziana Casetti ... Stefania
Mimmo Poli Mimmo Poli ... Fat inkeeper
Francesco De Leone Francesco De Leone ... Teophile Doctus
Nando Tamberlani ... Duke of Pinerolo
Erminio Spalla Erminio Spalla ... Ottavio
Silvio Bagolini Silvio Bagolini ... Herald
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Soldier scarring Margherita
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Leader of the German soldiers
Piero Pastore Piero Pastore
Joe Kamel Joe Kamel ... (as Joe Camel)


The action takes place in 1703 and Colbert wants to buy the duchy of Pignerol ,unbeknowst to the old Duke .A sadistic villain ,a count,is slowly poisoning the lord ;besides he covets her daughter .The iron mask is here the duke's son , but the hangman's daughter takes pity on the unfortunate prisoner.The nasty traitor oppresses the poor ,but André and his men ,complete with priest ,do their Robin Hood act. Written by dbdumonteil

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28 July 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Fanciful variation on one of the most famous secrets of French history. The action takes place in 1703 (that's what we are told when the film begins) and Colbert (God preserve him) wants to buy the duchy of Pignerol ,unbeknowst to the old Duke .A sadistic villain ,a count,is slowly poisoning the lord and covets her daughter and is looking forward to raking it.

Did the screenwriters open a history book?It's dubious:they would have learned that Colbert died in 1683(!),so he was not able to write a letter in 1703! Most of the historians do not think the famous prisoner was wearing an iron mask ;he was imprisoned for more than thirty years and with such a thing,he would have died of blood poisoning ;he probably would wear a (velvet) mask during his transfers and sometimes during the day.

Alexandre Dumas made him the Sun King's twin brother .That was also Voltaire's opinion.

Forget history ;the iron mask is here the duke's son ,and the title is thoroughly justified by the rather smart ending.As for the rest ,it's a cross between Robin Hood (André and his men ,complete with priest ;the villain who oppresses the poor ) and Dumas 's "La Tulipe Noire" (the unfortunate prisoner and the hangman's daughter who takes pity on him).There's the obligatory comic relief -here represented by a so called Bavarian, the interrupted wedding,and all the available clichés of the swashbuckler.But the cinematography is impeccable,the movie is not unpleasant ,the kind of stuff you forget just after watching it

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