The Swashbucklathon – Scaramouche (1952)


This is part of the The 2021 Swashbucklathon taking place later this week and being hosted by Paul of Silver Screen Classics

Tnx for letting me partake Paul!

“[to De Maynes] Yes, you’re going to die, but not by a bullet. You’re going to die as he died, by the sword. You’ll be driven back, step by step, until you stand helpless, as he did. And then I, Andre Moreau, will kill you as you killed him. l swear it, Philippe, by all that I hold sacred. l swear you this man’s death.” – Andre Moreau

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In 18th Century France, an actor vows to learn how to become a master swordsman in order to enact revenge on the Nobleman who killed his brother.

My Take on it – This is a film that has been on my watch list for several years but the ambiguous and strange title has kept me away for a while.

Thankfully, this blogathon came around and I decided to finally push myself to see what it was about, not having very high expectations for it at all.

Surprisingly, it was my favorite of the 3 films that I watched for this blogathon.

Stewart Granger is superb in the title role and helps keep things so enjoyable throughout.

The story itself works quite well given its time frame and the way that things play out along the way.

Love the way that the characters keep learning new things about themselves and those around them as things progress.

The story also allows us to see the class separations in French Society right before the time of the Revolution and it’s quite blatant in the way it all is explained.

The story takes its time developing some of these characters in ways that help give a much better understanding of everything transpiring at that time.

The film is quite thrilling and suspenseful throughout and has one of the very best duels that I’ve seen on screen.

It last nearly 10 minutes and is filled with lots of exciting and breathtaking moments that helps keep things so entertaining and enjoyable to watch.

The way that the main character needs to conceal his identity throughout the film is done really well and the added twists that pop up help make that even more poignant and enjoyable to watch.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie contains what is reported to be the longest fencing duel ever caught on film, a sequence lasting nearly eight minutes. The climactic fight ranges throughout the theater, from the balcony boxes, to the lobby, through the main seats, backstage, and finally on the stage itself. The actors spent eight weeks preparing for this sequence, having to memorize 87 different individual sword passes and 28 stunts. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “The Swashbucklathon – Scaramouche (1952)

  1. Love Scaramouche! Great story, wonderful cinematic action and agree that its one of the best duels ever filmed for the screen. I still think its the longest as well? Great production values and a lot of fun too. Thanks for reviewing it for the Swashbucklathon and hope you take part next year.

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