Le Comte du Monte Cristo

Le Comte du Monte Cristo

DVD - 2005 | French
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Tells the dramatic story of Edmond Dantes, a young French sailor who is falsely denounced as a political traitor and unjustly imprisoned for eighteen years without trial. After a daring escape, Dantes flees to the island of Monte Cristo, where he finds a colossal treasure bequeathed to him by a dying fellow inmate. Using these riches, he assumes a new identity and devises a plan of vengeance upon all those who betrayed him.
Publisher: KOCH Lorber Films, c2005, 1998
Branch Call Number: PN1995.9.F67 C69 2005
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Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (414 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Count of Monte Cristo

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ghyslaine
Jan 10, 2013

I did not really enjoy this series. Depardieu is getting a little long in the tooth for some of his roles as a dashing lover. ....

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bradig
Jan 06, 2013

Well worth the seven hour investment, this is probably the most well-casted movie (book --> movie translation) I've ever come across. Quite simply, it's brilliant!

The liberties taken (characters omitted, certain events shifted, etc.) are not only understandable - Dumas fans would be pressed to argue this point - they're actually an improvement to the original. A far more satisfying resolution for the count and for the audience.

Anyone else who thought "wait: scrawny, black-haired, pale Dantes being played by heavy blonde Gerard D?" can rest assured he's more than perfect for the role. Certainly, the disguises require some suspension of disbelief (especially since he has one of the largest noses in film as his starting point), but that's true of the book, too. So, really, they've done as good a job as they possibly could.

A must-watch, if for no other reason than to spend time with the actress playing Mercedes -- an amazing beauty worthy of the pedestal Dumas places her on.

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Cyborg_Kid
Jul 02, 2012

Terrific costumes and scenery but a silly story. Depardieu was surprisingly good as the Count, but overall the story had to many lucky coincidences to hold my interest for 6+ hours.

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haploU5
Oct 09, 2011

Other than a few minor changes the movie stays true to the book. The story is, of course brilliant. Add competent actors in gorgeous costumes and the result is an outstanding film.
7 hours on 2 DVD's

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