The Three Musketeers 1921 95th anniv. edition
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** NEW RELEASE! **
Over the years, there have been many screen adaptations of the story of Alexandre Dumas’ musketeer D’Artagnan, going all the way back to 1903 and portrayed by the likes of Gene Kelly, Don Ameche, Michael York and Chris O’Donnell, but it is Douglas Fairbanks’ 1921 production that set the bar for movie versions of The Three Musketeers as well as for the swashbuckler genre itself. This new 95th anniversary edition brings this classic Fairbanks silent to DVD with a new musical score, authentic color tints and digital restoration.
The Three Musketeers is an action-adverture tale of a young Gascon, D'Artagnan, whose dream is to join the King's Musketeers, and travels to Paris to do so. D'Artagnan proves himself to the existing musketeers upon arrival, coming to their aid in a sword-fight with the Cardinal's guards and is taken under their wing. The four of them become embroiled in intrigue involving King Louis XIII (Adolphe Menjou), Cardinal Richelieu and his various henchmen, and in the end young D'Artagnan wins the hand of his lady-love as well as helping to save the Queen of France and securing a position with the Musketeers.
This 95th anniversary DVD edition presents the film in a restoration originally done by Karl Malkames, newly scanned and digitally restored; this is the first time the Malkames restoration has been available to the public. This DVD release features a brand new theatre organ score by silent film accompanist Ben Model. This edition was produced for video by Bruce Lawton and Ben Model
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Based on the famous Dumas novel, it takes us back into 17th century France - 'when life was life, and men were men'... A story about gallantry, courage, loyalty, and of course romance, superbly directed, with authentic costumes and a magnificent set design, and the VERY best of actors; Douglas Fairbanks is simply a pleasure to behold in one of his very favorite roles as D'Artagnan, and the movie holds a most wonderful balance between the grandeur of a costume drama and the lightness of the comical elements - one of those movies that NEVER 'age'!
Granted, you have to excuse the rambunctious pantomiming performance. Fairbanks is definitely exudes the bravado of youth, passion of a burning soul, every movement erupting dramatically!