Die Rückkehr der Musketiere (1989)

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Die Rückkehr der Musketiere: Directed by Richard Lester. With Michael York, Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay, C. Thomas Howell. In France in 1649, the services of the Four Musketeers are needed again, and they run into some old foes from twenty years before.

“The third installment in the Lester saga ,the fourth (u0026quot;Le Vicomte De BRagelonneu0026quot; feat. the iron mask) was never filmed ,because this one was not very commercially successful.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eRoughly based on u0026quot;Vingt Ans Aprèsu0026quot; ,u0026quot;the returnu0026quot; was made sixteen years later ,with the same actors (Faye Dunaway ,Raquel Welch and Charlton Heston are not present ,their characters being all dead).Also Louis the Thirteenth is dead,Jean-Pierre Cassel who played his role,returns as Cyrano De Bergerac who comes at the most awkward moment.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe historical background is thin,although dealing with u0026quot;La Frondeu0026quot; ,a noble rebellion,and Mazarinu0026#39;s struggle to maintain the absolute monarchy ;and in spite of the musketeers,he was successful ,for the Sun Kingu0026#39;s reign only began with his death in 1661 ,when he was already 23.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eUnlike in the book,itu0026#39;s a daughter (Justine De Winter) and not a son who wants to avenge her mother Milady.Itu0026#39;s first surprising but becomes repetitive in the long run.It lacks some imagination:why not an affair with Raoul for instance?u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe first movie of the saga remains the most successful:in this one,time has taken its toll,and what could have been another magnificent u0026quot;Robin and Marionu0026quot; ,a journey through the past tinged with nostalgia ,remains here a moderately entertaining swashbuckler.”


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