Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Forgotten Films: On Guard

Couldn't find a trailer for this one.

Okay, I'm feeling quite intellectual this evening because I've watched a movie with subtitles. It was also the most entertaining movie I've seen in a long time. When it comes to buckling swashes, this French movie makes The Mask of Zorro look like a pathetic wannbe.

One thing I really liked was the filming of the action scenes. Nobody's jumping around on trampolines or doing wire work. The fencing looks like actual fencing, without any of the MTV-inspired quick cutting that ruined most of the action scenes in movies like Gladiator for me.

The cinematograpy is excellent. The movie glows, and the scenery is beautiful. I wish I'd seen this movie in a theater.

As for the plot, it's the old revenge story, with action that hardly ever lets up. Everybody in the movie seems to be having a grand time, and there's plenty of humor mixed into the action. Wit and energy: what a concept!

Why doesn't Hollywood make movies like this anymore? Probably because it's "old-fashioned." Maybe I enjoyed it so much because I'm an old poop.

4 comments:

  1. Cool. Dumas, after all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r97Op5U2K8s for trailer...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTo6DmgX9ns for the first of the entire film in pieces...

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  2. They don't make most kinds of movies anymore.

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  3. Since when did geezers become old poops?

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  4. Pretty good movie based on a novel by Paul Feval that's apparently a classic in France. For me, it didn't match the panache of the old U.S. classics, in part because it seemed to be too self-aware and in part because the actors were no match for Fairbanks Jr. and sr., Flynn, Power, Rathbone, and Sanders.

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