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Corto Maltese: La cour secrète des Arcanes (2002)

In 1918, civil wars are tearing Russia and China apart. Laconic adventurer Corto Maltese is hired by a Chinese secret society to capture a train that's taking Tzar's gold abroad. His friend Rasputin joins him, but only hell awaits them.

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Pascal Morelli

Writers:

Natalia Borodin, Hugo Pratt (graphic novel "Corto Sconta dette Arcana") | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Richard Berry ... Corto Maltese (voice)
Patrick Bouchitey ... Raspoutine (voice)
Barbara Schulz Barbara Schulz ... Changaï Li (voice)
Marie Trintignant ... La Duchesse Marina Seminova (voice)
Frédéric van den Driessche ... (voice)
Marc Chapiteau Marc Chapiteau ... Semenov (voice)
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Nino (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hervé Bellon Hervé Bellon ... Tchang (voice)
Philippe Cotten Philippe Cotten ... Tippit (voice)
Emmanuel Curtil Emmanuel Curtil ... Barrow (voice)
Patrice Dozier Patrice Dozier ... Longue Vie (voice)
Jean-Michel Dupuis Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Von Ungern (voice)
Paule Emanuele Paule Emanuele ... Mme Hu (voice) (as Paule Emmanuele)
Sébastien Fromanger Sébastien Fromanger ... Une Oreille (voice)
Bô Geste Bô Geste ... (voice)
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At the end of 1918 while civil war is raging on in Russia, antagonism is slowly spreading to the East, between the Oural mountains and Shanghai. Stuck between a desire to save what's left of the great Imperial Russia, and starting from a clean slate, old generals, secret organizations, and mercenaries attracted by gold, struggle to take advantage of the events. As Corto Maltese returns to Shanghai, he barely gets time to cross paths with his old friend/nemesis Raspoutine, and escape a murder attempt before being contacted by members of a Chinese secret organization called "The Red Lanterns". In the heart of violent Mandchourian horizons, Corto and Raspoutine launch themselves into a fabulous treasure hunt, following the tracks of the mysterious armor-plated train of Koltchak. A steel monster spiked with canons and machine guns, this trains protects the counter-revolutionaries gold, traveling through Mongolia, and! Mandchouria. While following the bloody trail of this doomed train, ... Written by Serge Ansay

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France | Italy | Luxembourg

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 September 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Corto Maltese See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba

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Corto Maltese is a popular European comic book character, the hero of an eponymous comic book series created by late Italian comic artist Hugo Pratt (1927-1995). Most stories are set near, during or just after World War I and follow Corto, a laconic sea captain and adventurer who often travels to exotic places around the world, but rarely gets anything out of it. The brutality of the world and this chaotic era is often depicted in these stories. Secret societies, mad warlords and other more behind-the-scenes players are met by Corto more often than he'd like. This movie is based on one of these stories. See more »

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Follows Corto Maltese: Teste e funghi (2002) See more »

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Very good
25 July 2007 | by tatamata1See all my reviews

I think the director and animators did a tremendous job. I am a big fan of Pratt's art, and to be honest didn't expect much from the movie. The comic has a recognizable atmosphere, that I sincerely doubted can be successfully moved to the screen.

But luckily - I was wrong. I was delighted with the final result. The atmosphere was there, just the way it should be - I actually felt like reading the comic.

But beware - if you are not familiar with Pratt's work, or if you don't really love it - I doubt you can appreciate this piece. Also, this is a European movie, not American. It is very, very non-typical, and I fear that most of American public may find it confusing, probably even boring.

The scenes are long and slow, the director doesn't rush anywhere, takes the time to show each facial expression, to give a weight to every said word. Just as the comic does.

Also, in order to enjoy Pratt's art, you have to know a lot - you have to be interested in history, geography, legends, culture of various nations, mysticism, different religions and beliefs... And the same is true for this film. So - no, this is definitely not a movie for a typical American consumer.

In short - if you know and like Pratt's work, you will probably enjoy the movie. Otherwise - you probably won't like it at all.


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