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Philippe de Broca
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's bastard, recently born. When the Duke learns of his child, he journeys to wed the mother, a baron's daughter, in her father's isolated chateau. The occupants of the castle are surprised and murdered by the Count and his men. The only ones to escape are the Duke's friend, the skilled swordsman Lagardère, and the infant, a girl, now the rightful heiress to the Duke's vast fortune. The Count believes the pair to have drowned, when in fact they have been concealed by a travelling troupe of Italian players. Twenty years pass. The Count has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain. But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Count, and employment as his bookkeeper, through his clever disguise as a hunch-back...Written by
Among the various adaptations of Paul Feval's novel the modernity of that one lies in the fight scenes.
On the other hand the 1959 version starring Jean Marais was less dark. The murder of Nevers was not emphasized whereas the part is much important with Vincent Perez's great performance. Fabrice Luchini and Daniel Auteuil also give the best to their characters, but the result is less flamboyant as they are more humane.
This can be seen as the result of the Nouvelle Vague fight against the 1950s French popular cinema.
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