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Cinema's timeless love for Dumas and his Musketeers

The work of French writer Alexandre Dumas has attracted stars because the beginning of cinema, by way of silent-era hero Douglas Fairbanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, not forgetting a sure Volodymyr Zelenskyy and — virtually — The Beatles.

The nineteenth century author’s recognition exhibits no indicators of dimming — a flashy new model of “The Three Musketeers” hits French screens this week, whereas “The Count of Monte Cristo” begins filming this summer time.

There have been greater than 250 diversifications of his books, together with common takes on “Queen Margot” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”, which gave a starring function to DiCaprio in 1998.

But it’s the plume-hatted musketeers which have been the most well-liked, stretching again to the primary movie model in Britain in 1898.

Fairbanks turned a swashbuckling megastar due to a 1921 model, whereas the story was relocated to a French Foreign Legion in North Africa for John Wayne in 1933, and hundreds of marionettes have been used for an Italian puppet model a couple of years later.

The Beatles virtually donned the capes within the Sixties, however ultimately handed the roles to Charlton Heston and Oliver Reed.

And Hollywood retains them coming, from the “Brat Pack” model within the Nineties with Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland, to the little-loved 2011 remake that includes Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and a few flying battleships.

Argentine, Indian, Mexican and even Soviet variations have additionally been seen through the years.

One of essentially the most unlikely — significantly from the present perspective — is a 2004 Russian-language model through which the musketeers are all girls and D’Artagnan is performed by a younger Zelenskyy, now president of war-torn Ukraine.

“It’s a book that travels easily through time,” Martin Bourboulon, director of the most recent iteration, “The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan”, advised AFP.

“It’s the values of camaraderie, courage, panache and solidarity that make it so interesting.”

It helps that Dumas was a pioneer of the form of writing that has formed fashionable cinematic storytelling — from his fast-paced motion scenes to the a number of cliffhangers that punctuate every part.

Dumas, then 41, wrote the 1844 novel to look in serialised kind, which was all the craze due to new periodicals.

“He has a sense of rhythm, of knowing when to accelerate, when to pause and build intrigue,” added biographer Sylvain Ledda.

“Plus, he’s very funny with the best of the French spirit: his signature style, the fantasy, the derision.”

Dumas could even have appreciated his name-check in 90s traditional “The Shawshank Redemption”, the place the inmates benefit from the prison-break in “The Count of Monte Cristo” however mispronounce his title as “Alexander Dumb-ass”.

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