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Le Bossu


aka: On Guard
France 1997, 123 minutes
Dir. Phillipe De Broca
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Foreign Cinema


Aroview: A classically composed swashbuckler in the Dumas tradition (THE THREE MUSKETEERS), in which a wittily vengeful fencing master (Auteuil) disguises himself as a hunchback to seek revenge upon a treacherous count (Luchini).

Set in a world of 18th century cinematic hokum, this rattles through plenty of flashy sword-scenes, whirling costumery, questionable but satisfying melodrama, and a grand moralistic finale. Made on the substantial budget, this hardly cuts any new ground, but is a jolly good romp all the same. Based on the 1857 novel by Paul Feval.

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