Rochefort Christopher Lee and Milady Faye Dunaway As with the first film, The Four Musketeers was filmed in Spain, a favourite budget-friendly location for historical epics before the Berlin Wall came down, when it was largely supplanted by Eastern Europe. Yeah, this second half is just great. Exactly what you said: more coherent, better action, tension, emotion, everything. George MacDonald Fraser was also brought in to do uncredited script work on the first two films. The four musketeers sentence de Winter to death by beheading, and they hire an executioner to carry out the punishment. With home video and streaming options, it is now possible to watch both films in a single viewing, and I suggest that is exactly what you do.
One of these days, she might even start updating again. Written by Goofs At the time movie takes place early 1600s firearms were either matchlocks or wheellocks, or flintlocks. The Four Musketeers is certainly a worthy follow-up to 1973's The Three Musketeers. I was absolutely entranced—costumes, settings, music, actors. In return, de Winter asks for a warrant, so she can kill d'Artagnan and Constance. This movie is also comedic to a certain extent though tempered by more serious bits than the first movie has , but the humor is a lot more natural to the story for the most part in this one, instead of eye-rollingly over-the-top.
The second goof was in the scene where Athos threatens Milady by spanning his wheellock 4 turns. Richelieu enlists Rochefort to kidnap Constance, the Queen's go-between and D'Artagnan's love. They started me down the path of 27th c. Say what you will about Raquel Welch, it was her clout the settled the dispute between the actors and studio over the second movie and allowed its realease. Buckingham has his servant Felton lock her away in the , but she seduces Felton and convinces him that Buckingham is his enemy.
The film shows Lester's team on fine form again, especially designer Brian Eatwell and costume designer Yvonne Blake. Who, I've just seen a Russian version cut into a movie from a miniseries, currently available on AmazonPrime, Tri mushketera 2013 that comes close, close, close to being perfect -- but for very different reasons. Dark secrets are revealed, the swordplay is more vicious, and major characters die. Tim Curry is, as you say, always watchable. Tim Curry is okay as Richelieu in places, but then he's always watchable. The trio of musketeers — Athos, Porthos, and Aramis — rescue Constance from imprisonment in Rochefort's abode of Saint Cloud and take her to safety in the convent of Armentieres. After all, Constance lived with her husband Spike Milligan in very modest almost farm-like circumstances.
No, the real issue is with her costumes. For the producers, Alexander Salkind, his father Michael and his son Ilya, these two films probably represent their most impressive productions. And good old Olly Reed is brilliant, of course. Much of the Musketeers cast and crew were reunited for an often forgotten third film, The Return of the Musketeers in 1989, in which the Musketeers attempt to save the English King Charles I from execution. Chamberlain, Ward and York are at their prettiest! De Winter sends d'Artagnan poisoned wine and a note intended to trick him into thinking that the trio have been imprisoned for drunkenness.
Today, you can get one from any number of English Civil Wars suppliers. Her Milady has just the right kind of cold beauty, the right manipulative smarts to be playing a very unrepentant murderess. Athos captures de Winter; D'Artagnan duels Rochefort and apparently kills him with a lunge through the chest though it is revealed in the sequel The Return of the Musketeers that he actually survived the wound. But he soon discovers that Milady is an agent of Cardinal Richelieu Charlton Heston and that his seduction and the kidnapping of Constance are part of Milady's revenge plot against him. The Cardinal uses the wily, amoral Milady de Winter to distract D'Artagnan. The musketeers are also shown using persussion pistols at thee siege of La Rochelle, Rochefort has two visible inside his carriage, and Porthos fires one during the fight at the convent.
The decision was therefore made to split the project into two films, and thus the two halves were released as The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers some six months apart. Although filmed at the same time as The Three Musketeers and released the following year, The Four Musketeers is a slightly different beast from its predecessor. Fifteen years after completion of The Four Musketeers, much of the cast and crew reassembled to film 1989 , loosely based on Dumas' 1845. This sequel to 1973's picks up the story after a brief recap of the events of the first film. So much so that I have to actually feature background scenes and costumed extras in this post which I almost never do—usually because no one seems to give a toss about them.
The trouble is that a little of this material goes too far, because Lester never really establishes his characters as people. If we got to know them a little, even as shallow comic creations, we'd be more involved in their plottings and adventures. The changes in tone this time, though, are more dramatic and difficult to master and the film doesn't always manage it as smoothly as it might. Protestants hold La Rochelle, and the Queen loves Buckingham, who'll soon send ships to support the rebels. Costumes designed by Yvonne Blake, illustrated by May Routh. Advertisement We get particularly tired if we try to make complete sense of the plot.