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The Fighting Musketeers - First Half : The Queen's Diamonds

The Fighting Musketeers - First Half : The Queen's Diamonds

A Feature film by Bernard Borderie

Produced by CICC Films Borderie, Les Films Modernes

Release in France : 04/10/1961

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producers :

CICC Films Borderie, Les Films Modernes

Foreign production company :

Fono Roma

French distribution :

SN Prodis

Co-production :

Le Film d'Art (Henri Diamant-Berger)

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

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It starts out with D'Artagnan meeting his first two adversaries the Count de Rochefort and the beautiful spy Milady de Winter.

D'Artagnan arrives in Paris and immediately accidentally insults the Three Musketeers who each one challenges him to a duel.D'Artagnan later joins with them in a duel with the Cardinal's Guards who had interrupted his duel with the first musketeer Athos.Then they all become friends in arms against the Cardinal's Guards.

D'Artagnan later meets up with Constance the Queen's dressmaker a relative of D'Artagnan's landlord.

This friendship with Constance leads up to D'Artagnan and the Three Athos,Porthos and Aramis going to England to save the Queen Anne from public scandal because of her relationship with the Prime Minister of England the Duke of Buckingham.

A fact that Cardinal Richelieu and his agents want exposed so that the Queen will be exiled.

D'Artagnan defeats the Cardinal's agents Milady and Rochefort brings back the diamonds the queen gave to Buckingham to the Queen,saves the Queen's honor and leaves the Cardinal and Milady plotting revenge at the end of the film.


The Three Musketeers is a 1961 film adaption of the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père which consists of two parts. The script keeps close to the classic French novel. The director treats all the classic characters with respect, not making fun of any of them, although there is humour when d'Artagnan rides his peculiar horse and when Planchet supplys wine for the heroes.

The film's remarkable location shots were made in Bois de Boulogne, around and in the Château de Guermantes in Seine-et-Marne and in Semur-en-Auxois (department Côte-d'Or).

The settings, costumes and props are very elaborate and provide the impression of historic accuracy. Bernard Borderie and his crew demonstrated here already the qualities which later contributed substantially to the success of his series of five costume drama films about Anne Golon's heroine Angelique. Since Bernard Borderie had already made several Lemmy Caution films he was an expert for fighting scenes. In comparison to the likewise brilliant fencing the dancer Gene Kelly (An American in Paris, Xanadu) had provided as “d'Artagnan” in an earlier adaption, the fencing in this film looks less like dancing and more dangerous. But of course Borderie also knew how to present a fist fight. When d'Artagnan defends Mme Bonacieux against a couple of the cardinal's thugs, the director does not only use dramatic sound effects but furthermore lets Barray's punches look more explosive by taking out frames very precisely when he is about to hit. He is also capable of making us believe an outnumbered man could really win the day if only certain circumstances are given, because in Borderie's films the thugs are often so overly keen on decking the hero that they actually hinder each other to succeed.

Source : Wikipedia

Full credits (22)

Assistant directors :

Claude Clément, Paul Nuytens

Author of original work :

Alexandre Dumas

Screenwriters :

Bernard Borderie, Jean Bernard-Luc

Sound Recordist :

René Sarazin

Assistant Operators :

Robert Florent, André Tixador

Production Manager :

Henri Jaquillard

Assistant editor :

Suzanne Rondeau

Production Designer :

René Moulaert

Music Composer :

Paul Misraki

Sound Mixer :

Jean Nény

Still Photographer :

Raoul Foulon

Dialogue Writer :

Jean Bernard-Luc

Producers :

Raymond Borderie, Henri Diamant-Berger

Director of Photography :

Armand Thirard

Sound Assistant :

Paul Pauwels

Camera operators :

Gilles Bonneau, Louis Née, Henri Persin

Editor :

Christian Gaudin

Continuity supervisor :

Lily Hargous

Art Director :

Sydney Bettex

Costume designer :

Rosine Delamare

Narrator :

Maurice Biraud

Location Manager :

Paul Lemaire

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Feature film

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Action , Adventure

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100% French

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1 h 42 min

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