We debrief for you… “The Three Musketeers – The Series” (CultureBox)

We debrief for you… “The Three Musketeers – The Series” (CultureBox)

Do you know the story of the three musketeers by heart? Well, we bet you’ve never seen it like this.

What is “The Three Musketeers” about? In 1625, the young D’Artagnan (Maxime Le Gac-Olanie) left his native Gascony on a moped to join the prestigious troupe of musketeers of King Louis XIII. (Grégoire Lagrange). In Paris he will work with Athos (Guillaume Pottier), Porthos (Charles Van de Vyver) and Aramis (Robin Causse); Together, the four men will thwart Cardinal de Richelieu’s (Jade Herbulot) Machiavellian plans. To protect Queen Anne of Austria (Eléonore Arnaud), they must face the Cardinal’s CRS and his damned souls, Milady de Winter (Eléonore Arnaud in turn) and Rochefort (Robin Causse, bis)…

The novel was published in a sequel form from 1848 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is a masterpiece of French literature, an integral part of popular culture. Everyone knows the adventures of D’Artagnan and his followers, which have been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations. Do you think you know the story of the three musketeers, have you read or seen it dozens of times? Maybe – but certainly not like that.

It is in fact the collective 49701 that reappropriates the novel in its own way in the form of a series of 10 episodes of about 20 minutes. With a result that can only be described as completely insane, the French television platform CultureBox offers. And what was a play using the TV series codes (with end credits, episodic plot, etc. over three “seasons” totaling a show totaling over ten hours) becomes a TV series that Theater picks up on the codes of what was filmed, somewhere between the classicism of the original text and crazy modernization.

The 49701 collective is happy to revisit The Three Musketeers

In the first minutes of the first episode, in the yard of an old inn where the cameras are installed, the actors distribute the roles. We put the context of the Wars of Religion of the 17th century, then D’Artagnan arrives on a moped under the eyes of a Rochefort with Borsalino. The tone is set. Far from the classic and conventional adaptation, we pick up again the the three musketeers disrespectful and malicious. So all this in the form of the TV series, which is also reminiscent of the original series release, with end credits (sung a cappella), “earlier on …” and highly effective cliffhangers, which we have to thank Dumas for.

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No cloak, no sword, no wigs and not even horses. It’s a rebellious D’Artagnan with his backpack, a Milady de Winter in a leather jacket who fears no one (in a Harley Davidson), a Lunar Louis XIII giving live interviews on TV, a version of the time from Apostrophe if we are exhausted Dumas’ novel (far too many duels), an Anne of Austria doing yoga with her companion fleeing the Almodovars, the musketeers fighting with the Cardinal’s CRS, D’Artagnan commencing with his ‘The Englishman from A to Z”…

A series of anachronisms in locks and other period decorations, parodies, a constant back and forth between the 17th and 21st centuries, gags, modern answers blurting out in the middle of the original text, incessant references to the novel… With their strong format The series runs ten times 20 minutes or even a little less and combines the adventures of the book, the oddities, the jokes at a breakneck pace. Some touches of humor are expected, others completely surprising, some gags grotesque and others more subtle. But one thing is for sure, we laugh out loud and have a lot of fun.

At least as (or almost) as the members of the 49701 collective. Sometimes they interpret several roles (for example, Guillaume Pottier plays Athos and Buckingham, Eléonore Arnaud is both Anne D’Ecosse and Milady) and convey their dynamism, their good humor , their playfulness and also their involvement in this ambitious and whimsical project in which they demonstrate seemingly limitless ingenuity and infectious enthusiasm.

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Louis XIII, live interview on Télé 13

Normally at this stage we have lost the purists and fundamentalists of French literature. And in a way, good for them! If you get pimples from the anachronisms, if you’re among those who think you can’t touch such a classic with impunity, you risk a heart attack. You must agree to dive into this release the three musketeers With a minimum of open-mindedness and curiosity, let yourself be carried away by the fantasy of this troupe that plays between series and theater with intelligence and cheek with the story, the characters and the context.

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When we get caught up in the game, we delight in this series where we enjoy the comedy of the situation and the discrepancy as much as the innuendo and the wink. And even if we know exactly what’s about to happen, we can’t wait to see what’s next. Because like any good self-respecting series, this first season ends with an impressive cliffhanger: At the end of the ball, which Louis XII. and while D’Artagnan has just saved the royal buttocks of Anne of Austria by bringing back her famous stallions Cardinal Richelieu swears revenge. And so we’ll have to wait for Season 2 to find out the rest of the story – at least as it’s revisited by these lucky fanatics.

If you’re the type to faint at the thought of Louis XIII. Watching Connect 4 play or Buckingham “Fuck! », it is better to continue. For others, The Three Musketeers Collective Version 49701 offers an incongruously but fresh and humorous reinterpretation of Dumas’ novel – a bit of Monty Python sauce, with a good dose of anachronism, absurdity and wit. And from what we know about Alexandre Dumas personality, we say to ourselves that surely he would have loved it.

The Three Musketeers.
10 episodes of about 20′.
Available on CultureBox