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The Count of Monte Cristo (2 disc)

Gérard Depardieu , Ornella Muti , Josée Dayan    Unrated   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Memories of past adaptations of the Alexandre Dumas novel inevitably hover over this four-part French miniseries, originally broadcast on American cable television in 1999. It's hard, for instance, to top the 1934 feature starring Robert Donat as Edmond Dantès, the sea captain who is framed and unjustifiably imprisoned in 1815 for nearly two decades. Similarly, anyone who saw Richard Chamberlain essay the same role in a memorable 1975 TV movie may remember just how exciting that program was. Yet this lengthy costume adventure starring Gérard Depardieu as the vengeful Dantès, despite a rocky beginning, is absolutely mesmerizing in its own way. Rich in detail and overlapping subplots, strikingly handsome in art direction without getting ostentatious, this particular Count comes to life after Dantès escapes his lengthy incarceration in solitary confinement. Fans of the story know what comes next: Dantès makes his way to an uninhabited island off Italy, where he locates a vast treasure he has heard about. His sudden, phenomenal wealth gives him the means to reward allies, punish enemies, and become an architect of events without anyone knowing who's behind them. While Dantès's mind is bent on destroying those who betrayed him, his deeper nature causes him to perform a vast amount of good as well. Depardieu's big, beefy, clean-shaven self is not exactly the right fit, initially, for a character supposedly subsisting on thin soup for 18 years. He quickly assumes the central role with one of his most knowing and subtle performances, ingeniously painting Dantès as a man who has exchanged one sort of prison for another, the latter his own hatred. The sharp, engaging screenplay is by Didier Decoin (The Chambermaid on the Titanic), and the production is directed with flashes of bold inventiveness by Josée Dayan, a prominent European television director. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TV mini-series up with the best of them Feb. 25 2013
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Superb acting as can usually be expected from the great Gérard! The movie follows the book quite well, and therefore does not miss. Great human story of love, betrayal, and the plan for revenge
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie review Feb. 3 2013
By Artan
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Great Movie and great play by Gerard Depardieu. It follows the book closely. I was a little bit disappointed at the end. I was expecting more a duel to happen between Dantes and the Count de Morcef.
Overall great experience watching this French version of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must to see and feel cinematography experience Sept. 8 2012
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When I was a child, my second book I have read before The Three Musketeers was The Count of Monte Cristo. This was a staggering reading experience for a barely 10 year old child. I had then the opportunity to read the books in French, the original language Alexandre Dumas, senior had written.

The Count of Monte Cristo movie is a masterpice, so beautifully set and depicted that it will catch all the romatic souls attention 'til the very last image. Something was not incremented properly though : the music. The musical theme is too much emphasized in the movie. The movie director, Josee Dayan, should have made more judicious choices as musical classical diversity. Besides this, I strongly recommend that you buy this movie for yourself or that you offer it as a gift to some knowledgeable literary personal friend or relative. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of this magnificent movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Dec 23 2013
An amazing depiction of the book with incredible acting.
Gerard Depardieu does an amazing job playing the Count of Monte Cristo.
The series consists of 4 episode which are close to two hours long in length.
In my opinion, it is better for one to watch the series vs watching a movie.
I do not believe a 2-3 hour movie will do such a lengthy story justice, especially a story in which all minuscule details are important.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depardieu as Monte Cristo Sept. 22 2009
MonteCristo is supposed to be a tall, slender young man, and despite the fact that Gerard Depardieu is an excellent actor, seeing Monte Cristo come out of 18 years of confinement and be about 75 pounds heavier then when he went into the "Chateau d'If" really stretches ones' suspension of disbelief throughout this well-wrought miniseries. Of course it also doesn't help that he is blond when he should be dark haired. Nevertheless this is a very good rendition of the story, with skilled actors who fill their roles with relish and panache as would be expected in a period piece and with actors playing along side the caliber of someone such as Gerard Depardieu. It was a worthwhile purchase.
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2.0 out of 5 stars À voir si vous n'avez pas lu... June 5 2009
Une série qui ne respecte que sommairement le livre. On ne reconnaît même pas Dantes, interprété par Gérard Depardieu. Contrairement au livre, il est brouillon, sa démarche pour exécuter son plan est brouillon et l'histoire ne colle pas en plusieurs points à la série.

L'interprétation de certains personnages est vraiment mauvaise. Si on prend Mercedes, on voit presque le télé souffleur dans ses yeux. Au moins, en tant que catalane, on aura au moins pris la décence de prendre une actrice à l'accent espagnol. Fernand de Morcef, qui est son cousin, lui n'en a pas...

Bref, un divertissement correct pour des non-initiés à l'univers de Monte-Cristo mais à éviter pour les lecteurs du livre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un classique parfaitement rafraîchi Feb. 22 2009
Tout le monde connaît cette histoire de vengeance où le héros n'est pas toujours gentil. Gérard Depardieu est formidable et le reste de la distribution est à l'avenant. J'ai particulièrement aimé Sergio Rubini dans le rôle de son fidèle serviteur. C'est aussi très émouvant de voir le défunt Guillaume Depardieu dans le rôle d'Edmond Dantes jeune.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An impossible task, well done May 30 2002
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The actting and sets were exceptional. The main problem is that the Count of Monte Cristo is too rich a story to fit in a mere 400 minutes. The book deserves a longer treatment, say on the order of magnitude of I, Claudius. The DVD makes the Count a much softer character, compresses the time between his escape and his revenge, downgrades the importance of the wonderful character Haydee ( while promoting the Ali Pasha to a Sultan) and rewites the ending. It's a 5 star production if you haven't read the book. My only complaint about the DVD is that you do not have the option of turning off the subtitles. Read the book; the 1400+ pages fly by.
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