The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

“[to Mondego after defeating him in a duel] It was not my sword, Mondego, but your past that disarmed you! ” – Edmond Dantes

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A man wrongfully sent to prison tries to find a way to escape and enact his revenge on those responsible for his incarceration.

My Take on it – I have always loved this story by Alexandre Dumas ever since I was a kid.

Having only seen the recent version, I was curious to see how previous versions dealt with this very powerful and engaging story.

This is yet another great adaptation of the classic tale and it woks really well despite the fact that it was made in the early days of film where effects weren’t that sophisticated.

The film manages to show the action and suspense of this story really well and that helps establish the story while also keeping things intriguing as the story moves along.

Robert Donat is great in the title role and makes us really believe his character’s motivations and drive for everything that happens.

The film is able to present the political intrigue of the story quite well and there never is the feeling that they need to complicate things while still keeping things interesting and enjoyable the whole way through.

This is a very entertaining version of the story that works really well from start to finish and finds a way to keep the viewer interested the entire time.

Bottom Line – Great adaptation of this classic novel that works so well even though it was made during the early days of film. The action and suspense works really well in establishing the story and keeping things intriguing as things move along. Donat does a great job with this role and makes us truly believe his motivations for everything that he does. The political intrigue is done well and they never have the need to try and make things feel too complicated while keeping things plausible and entertaining as the whole story unfolds. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the version that “V” in “V for Vendetta” claimed to be his favorite film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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