D’Artagnan comes back from England with a message for the Queen. In his letter, Buckingham dclares that he ’s willing to fight against France to free Anne d’Autriche. D’Artagnan is arrested by Richelieu and put in jail. The musketeers are wondering how to free their friend. While Rochefort has ordered his fellows to kill his enemy, Milady makes him escape and takes him back to her home. She deiscloses the Cardinal’s dark plans. D’Artagnan finds this suspicious, realizing he’s enjoying a fake freedom.
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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.
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