Speaking of epic swordplay… Every generation, it seems, needs to have its own version of the Three Musketeers, but it is tough to top this one. Directed by Richard Lester — who also did The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” — he ramps up the comedy and turns the action scenes into lusty, rolling brawls. Michael York reinvents the conniving D’Artagnan as a romantic fop whose enthusiasm always gets ahead of him, and Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay OWN the three musketeers. And did I mention Christopher Lee and Chuck Heston are the heavies? Film at the same time as its sequel, “The Four Musketeers” (a far darker and dour production), the first half of the pair is sweeping, jaw-dropping swashbucker.
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