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The Count of Monte Cristo (1954)

Le comte de Monte-Cristo (original title)
Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »

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Robert Vernay

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Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Georges Neveux (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte-Cristo (1) - (2)
Lia Amanda Lia Amanda ... Mercédès Herrera (1) - (2)
Daniel Ivernel Daniel Ivernel ... Gaspard Caderousse (1) - (2)
Folco Lulli ... Jacopo (1) - (2)
Louis Seigner ... Le bijoutier Joannès (1)
Claude Génia Claude Génia ... La Carconte (1)
Jean Témerson Jean Témerson ... Le roi Louis XVIII (1)
France Asselin France Asselin ... Renée de Villefort (1)
Julien Bertheau ... L'empereur Napoléon I
Lucien Blondeau Lucien Blondeau ... Dantès père (1)
André Brunot ... L'armateur Morel (1)
Gualtiero Tumiati ... L'abbé Faria (1)
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Gérard de Villefort
Noël Roquevert ... Le colonel Noirtier de Villefort
Roger Pigaut ... Fernand de Morcerf
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Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. After many years in prison, the old Abbe dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body. Now free, Edmond must find the treasure the Abbe told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

14 January 1954 (France) See more »

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Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Gevacolor)| Color

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1.37 : 1
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One of the better adaptations
28 April 2019 | by sb-47-608737See all my reviews

The plot of the classic need not be retold here - it was one what we loved in our teen and pre-teen ages about half a century back, along with other classics (of course translated) of Dumas (and his contemporary - of same year of Birth) Hugo, of course along with many others - but these two names strike the mind - the Musketeers (all three of them), Black Tulip, the Hunchback - of recently ravaged Notre Dame, are some of the names I still recall.

This movie is well adapted to the original one, and with Marais in the central role, not much can be improved in acting department. Despite the long duration, about 3 hours - it doesn't bore, of course neither did the huge novels of those times, due to the well paced rendition. Both the parts had been more or less faithfully adapted from the novel.

Some of the factors are of course missing- for example the method of tunnel digging and disposing off the grits, or the way Dante managed to be inside the sack - but probably they were required for the written version, for the screen version they were not mandatory.

Another major difference - again it didn't matter in the adaptation - was foresaking the Baron Dangler - and rather merging it into two avatars - or mainly into the Caderousse role (Villefort only used the name, for his secret affair) - that would be a missing aspect, especially since instead of the four Marseilles, it was brought down to three, but only for those who have read it. And also probably it reduced some running time - that character and the retribution would have brought in at least another half an hour. And it would have been important - since the side-plot of Morel's daughter and Dangler's son also would have to be retained, to keep Dante's level of revenge in control. But over all this had been quite faithful adaptation - in two episodes - probably avoiding the third - which would definitely have cause audience exasperation., and without missing much from the main story line, trimming the branches, and characters where it could be. And it didn't much mess up with history either. Of course neither did the novel. I wonder who was Morel's daughter in (in First part), she was quite pretty, but there is no name in credits or even outside it. She had half the screen time at least, as her father, and may be much more than some other figures - say Emperor Napoleon, King Louise XVIII etc.

Worth watching - if there is still child in you, it won't bore.


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