VERY GOOD 1952 romantic swashbuckler film - excellent color cinematography, engaging romance between male and female leads , fine swordplay, done with a flavor of Italian Commedia dell'arte (although set in France).
Never heard of this film, but like a good swashbuckling film and "Scaramouche" did not disappoint! The sword fights are wonderful, especially the final one in a theater with the audience looking on while the leads sword fight like nobody's business. Stewart Granger brings an affable insouciance to the role and there is real chemistry/heat in his scenes with Eleanor Parker. Rest of the cast, costumes, TECHNICOLOR, etc. all great.
"Scaramouche" was written by Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950), who wrote
other romance novels adapted to film (Captain Blood, Sea Hawk).
Scaramouche is a buffoon character in the commedia dell'arte style who becomes a revolutionary and defeats his enemies with his swordsmanship.
The novel opens with the lines that ended up on Sabatini's gravestone: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." This line was to become Sabatini's epitaph, on his gravestone in Adelboden, Switzerland.
The book was adapted to film first in 1923 starring Ramón Novarro; then in this version in 1952 with Stewart Granger.
It includes perhaps the longest duel
recorded on film. According to Wikipedia it lasts 7 minutes, and I found it enjoyable to watch.
EXPENSIVE COSTUMES. DULL BORING STORY LINE. I LIKE STEWART GRANGER WHO HAS SINCE LONG DEPARTED.
Probably the best sword duel of all time.
This is one of my favorite movies. Stewart Granger is wonderful, and so are all the other actors.
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