dangermousie: (KKHH by autumn_yaar)
Because of getting up at an unearthly hour again, due to jetlag, I ended up watching some of “D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers” before going to work. This is a Russian movie from the 1970s, a musical and very faithful adaptation of the story. It’s about 3+ hours long.

It’s one of those rare movies about which I cannot be rational. While I might realize that the production values are nowhere near Hollywood ones, or that some of it is cheesy or what not, it doesn’t matter. Every time I start watching it, I revert to the 9 year old breathless and giddy with pleasure and anticipation falling in love with the characters and the world. Any rationality goes out of the window. At one time I knew all the words to all of the songs (and there are a lot) by heart. And even now, when it’s been years and years since I’ve watched it, I realized I still know the words to most of the songs. It doesn’t hurt that I think of all the adaptations I’ve seen it screws least with the story. Dumas knew a good story. So the screenwriters who muck with it are just annoying.

And this brings me to the book I am rereading, my favorite ever Dumas novel, La Dame de Monsoreau. It’s not very well known in the US (last translation, and a clunky one at that, was done at the turn of the 20th century), but it’s quite well-known and popular in Russia.

Musings about the novel, the miniseries, and the general communal watching experience )

ETA: The real story that Dumas based his story on is found here. Since most of people on my flist don't read Russian, this is the free translation of it, tweaked by me a little as to make it more understandable.

The story behind the novel )

ETA 2: Apparently there was also a Russian mini in the 1990s. Haven't seen it, but here are a couple of pictures of their version of Bussy because I don't like having posts with no pics.

Pics here )
dangermousie: (KKHH by autumn_yaar)
Because of getting up at an unearthly hour again, due to jetlag, I ended up watching some of “D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers” before going to work. This is a Russian movie from the 1970s, a musical and very faithful adaptation of the story. It’s about 3+ hours long.

It’s one of those rare movies about which I cannot be rational. While I might realize that the production values are nowhere near Hollywood ones, or that some of it is cheesy or what not, it doesn’t matter. Every time I start watching it, I revert to the 9 year old breathless and giddy with pleasure and anticipation falling in love with the characters and the world. Any rationality goes out of the window. At one time I knew all the words to all of the songs (and there are a lot) by heart. And even now, when it’s been years and years since I’ve watched it, I realized I still know the words to most of the songs. It doesn’t hurt that I think of all the adaptations I’ve seen it screws least with the story. Dumas knew a good story. So the screenwriters who muck with it are just annoying.

And this brings me to the book I am rereading, my favorite ever Dumas novel, La Dame de Monsoreau. It’s not very well known in the US (last translation, and a clunky one at that, was done at the turn of the 20th century), but it’s quite well-known and popular in Russia.

Musings about the novel, the miniseries, and the general communal watching experience )

ETA: The real story that Dumas based his story on is found here. Since most of people on my flist don't read Russian, this is the free translation of it, tweaked by me a little as to make it more understandable.

The story behind the novel )

ETA 2: Apparently there was also a Russian mini in the 1990s. Haven't seen it, but here are a couple of pictures of their version of Bussy because I don't like having posts with no pics.

Pics here )
dangermousie: (KKHH by autumn_yaar)
Because of getting up at an unearthly hour again, due to jetlag, I ended up watching some of “D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers” before going to work. This is a Russian movie from the 1970s, a musical and very faithful adaptation of the story. It’s about 3+ hours long.

It’s one of those rare movies about which I cannot be rational. While I might realize that the production values are nowhere near Hollywood ones, or that some of it is cheesy or what not, it doesn’t matter. Every time I start watching it, I revert to the 9 year old breathless and giddy with pleasure and anticipation falling in love with the characters and the world. Any rationality goes out of the window. At one time I knew all the words to all of the songs (and there are a lot) by heart. And even now, when it’s been years and years since I’ve watched it, I realized I still know the words to most of the songs. It doesn’t hurt that I think of all the adaptations I’ve seen it screws least with the story. Dumas knew a good story. So the screenwriters who muck with it are just annoying.

And this brings me to the book I am rereading, my favorite ever Dumas novel, La Dame de Monsoreau. It’s not very well known in the US (last translation, and a clunky one at that, was done at the turn of the 20th century), but it’s quite well-known and popular in Russia.

Musings about the novel, the miniseries, and the general communal watching experience )

ETA: The real story that Dumas based his story on is found here. Since most of people on my flist don't read Russian, this is the free translation of it, tweaked by me a little as to make it more understandable.

The story behind the novel )

ETA 2: Apparently there was also a Russian mini in the 1990s. Haven't seen it, but here are a couple of pictures of their version of Bussy because I don't like having posts with no pics.

Pics here )

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