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The Count of Monte Cristo Collection (Miniseries)
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Half the characters have been scraped, Depardieu is laughable at best as the revenge-driven Dantes (I mean, come on, we see a frail young guy go in the worst prison of the time, and 14 years later he reappears with Depardieu's face and after having gained 100 pounds? Give me a break here), and all this farce stinks of self-importance. For the definitive, ultimate film version of Dumas' book, see the TV adaptation of 1979, a gorgeous French/Italian/German co-production, with Jacques Weber, who IS the Count, forever in my opinion. All the dramatic tension, sadness and suspense, not to mention EVERY character from the book, are present in that version, whilst all this is completely absent here.
Avoid at all costs!! I wish I could give this piece of trash zero stars, really.
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.
Overall great experience watching this French version of the movie.
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.
There was what I feel to be a significant amount of modification to the original story. Some of these things are justified for the sake of keeping the movie from being too long (such as leaving out a few minor characters). However, it only would have taken a few extra minutes to expand on Faria's role in educating Dantes at the beginning of the film, as well as Danglars' punishment at the end (more on this shortly).
What I didn't like were the additions that were made to the script. These were done to make the count a more "friendly," likeable character, when in fact his darkness was part of the appeal of the book. I didn't like how they changed his role in giving the poison to Heloise Villefort to make him less "evil," playing less of a role in Albert de Morcerf's abduction by Luigi Vampa, his lack of a role in the building up of Villefort/Hermine Danglars' son and using him to destroy Villefort's career, taking away his intention to actually see Villefort's daughter poisoned, and cutting the amount of time Danglars' suffered in Vampa's custody to nothing (did I miss anything?). Overall, I feel that off the 4 characters that were the subject of the Count's revenge, they only stayed true to Caderousse's and Fernand de Morcerf's. The fate of Danglars' was going along great until that last scene which I mentioned. I feel that they took out any part the Count played in Villefort's misfortune. This, as I said, was probably to make the Count a friendlier character.
Another thing that perturbed me was the addition of Madame de Richardais' character. As a caveat, I must say that I really liked her character and the actress who played her.Read more ›
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One of the best renditions ever - changed the characters slightly but remained quite true to the book. Would recommend it to anyone who loves classics, even with the subtitles.Published 19 months ago by Godsgirl
Movie was all in french, hump around a lot from original story, very hard to understand.Published 21 months ago by Alan Ballett
I was under the impression that it had English subtitles. It doesn't.
If that doesn't bother you, than this movie version is wonderful. Read more
An amazing depiction of the book with incredible acting.
Gerard Depardieu does an amazing job playing the Count of Monte Cristo. Read more
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