mercredi 22 janvier 2014

MOVIE NIGHT! La Fille de D'Artagnan (Revenge Of The Musketeers )

     To be honest this is one of my favorite movie. Overall, it would seem my tastes are mostly movies people did not appreciate that much but I really like this one.
In 1994, the film came out. It had been a while since a good cloak-and-dagger movie was out at the time and Bertrand Tavernier, the director, was not at all specialized in this type of filmmaking. It makes it more modern than all of those movies that were big in France in the 50's and 60's.
    A slave escapes a boat and finds refuge in a convent. His traders come after him and kill the mother superior. It just happens that D'Artagnan's daughter lives in this convent. She decides to leave for Paris to get a her father to investigate a plot she thinks the arrival of that slave was part of. With the arrival of the new king Louis the XIVth on the Throne of France, D'Artagnan got himself expelled from the garde of the King.
The Cardinal is obviously, once again, the bad guy but not the worse. He ends up looking funny though fairly dangerous through his gardes. 

   This movie is aiming at pleasing the crowds and not at making you think too much like so many french movies can. I do not really know how to explain it, but there is something familiar and nice in this film. 
    It probably comes from the chemistry in between Philippe Noiret (D'Artagnan) and Sophie Marceau (his daughter, Eloise). But also and quite obviously from the characters we know already like Arthos, Portos, Aramis and Planchet (D'Artagnan's servant).
   The fact that I enjoyed reading The Three Musketeers when I was young explains very well why and how I appreciate this film but I trust you could enjoy it even without knowing it too well.

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