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This period swashbuckler, set during the years 1699 to 1716, is the seventh screen adaptation of Paul Feval's 1857 serialized novel. Trained in circus stunts and fencing, Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil) becomes the bodyguard of the Duke of Nevers (Vincent Perez), whose cousin is the greedy Gonzague (Luchini). Nevers learns he is a father and plans to marry Blanche de Caylus (Claire Nebout) in order to raise an heir. Gonzague dispatches assassins to kill Nevers, Blanche, and their baby. Dying, Nevers turns the child over to Lagardere, asking him to gain revenge on his killers. The infant is a girl, and Lagardere and the child hide amidst an Italian troupe of actors. Years pass, and the young Aurore (Marie Gillain) grows up believing Lagardere is her father. When the actors arrive in Paris 16 years after Nevers death, Lagardere at last sets the stage for revenge. Swordfight choreography by Michel Carliez, son of the fight expert who trained Jean Marais for the 1959 film of Jean Marais. Shown at the 1997 Acapulco French Film Festival and the 1997 Bastia Festival of Mediterranean Cinema. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:October 11, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Christian Gasc Best Costume Design 1997 Winner

Crew

Philippe de Broca
Director
Patrick Godeau
Producer
Jerome Tonnerre
Screenwriter
Philippe de Broca
Screenwriter
Paul Feval
Book Author
Jean Cosmos
Screenwriter
Jean-François Robin
Cinematographer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Henri Lanoë
Editor
Bernard Vezat
Art Director
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Co-producer
Rita Cecchi Gori
Co-producer
Francoise Galfre
Executive Producer
Christian Gasc
Costume Designer
William Flageollet
Sound/Sound Designer
Serge Boutleroff
First Assistant Director
Catherine Deserbais
Casting
Lissa Pillu
Casting
Benoit Lestang
Makeup
Michel Deruelle
Makeup
Michel Carliez
Stunts Coordinator
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