Cinema: One for All

THE THREE MUSKETEERS Directed by RICHARD LESTER Screenplay by GEORGE MACDONALD FRASER

There is a certain giddiness that this movie instills, a sense of being royally entertained. The Three Musketeers is a surfeit of pleasures. It can be said, simply and with thanks, that it is an absolutely terrific movie.

It was fashioned with a wonderful skill and high humor. A translation of Dumas' story, even a fairly respectful one, it is simultaneously a satire, sometimes antic, sometimes serious, a send-up of the whole tradition of romantic fiction. Such an accomplishment seems paradoxical, but...

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