Cinema: Historical Farce

THE FOUR MUSKETEERS

Directed by RICHARD LESTER

Screenplay by

GEORGE MACDONALD FRASER

Movies are the most accidental of arts, and we are lucky if we can walk away from many of them with minor brain damage. Very occasionally, however, the accidents are lucky ones. For example, when Richard Lester and friends got to making a new version of The Three Musketeers a couple of years back, they quickly realized that someone had blundered. There was too much script, and Lester himself had too many funny ideas to be contained in a single movie of less than Gone With the Wind proportions. Here shrewd calculation...

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