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An Awesomely Swashbuckling Adventure
Title: The Three Musketeers
This 1948 film adatpation has a heck of a cast. Gene Kelly, Lana Turner, Angela Lansbury Vincent Price, and some great character actors. The movie simplifies the story of the original novel, but the movie is still about d'Artagnan becoming a Musketeer.
The sword fights in this movie inspired the way films have done fight scenes ever since (according to Wikipedia) and what's even more impressive is that Gene Kelly did all of his own fight scenes. His dancing prowess lent itself to the dance of the fight and the acrobatics apparently (and even in "Singing in the Rain", there is a scene with fight choreography and staging taken from this movie) I'm a big Gene Kelly fan, so forgive the focus on Gene! The action in this film is very impressive, especially for the technology of the time. And while the focus of this awesome adaptation post in on the swashbuckling nature of the film, the romance and the chivalry of the story comes through very well.
This movie shows the action/adventure life of the Musketeers in such an fun way, with all the twists and turns and betrayals, and because this film is so entertaining I think despite the liberties taken with the script, this is definitely an awesome adaptation.