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Captain Fracasse (1961)

Le capitaine Fracasse (original title)
The ruined Baron Philippe de Sigognac, meets one day a troupe of traveling actors. Attracted by Isabelle, and by the enthusiasm of his acting companions, he joins the troupe.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Baron Philippe de Sigognac / Capitaine Fracasse
Geneviève Grad ... Isabelle
Gérard Barray ... Duc de Vallombreuse
Riccardo Garrone ... Lampourde
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Marquise des Bruyères
Danielle Godet ... Serafina
Sophie Grimaldi Sophie Grimaldi ... Zerbine
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Un homme du prince de Moussy
Sacha Pitoëff ... Matamore
Philippe Noiret ... Hérode
Louis de Funès ... Scapin
Jean Rochefort ... Malartic
Bernard Dhéran Bernard Dhéran ... Chevalier de Vidalenc
Alain Saury Alain Saury ... Agostin
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Marquis des Bruyères
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The ruined Baron Philippe de Sigognac, meets one day a troupe of traveling actors. Attracted by Isabelle, and by the enthusiasm of his acting companions, he joins the troupe.

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French

Release Date:

21 April 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitan Fracassa See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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CAPTAIN FRACASSE (Pierre Gaspard-Huit, 1961) **1/2
21 November 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Entertaining, colorful romp from a much-filmed source – including three versions by distinguished film-makers: in 1929 (directed by Alberto Cavalcanti; available on DVD from Image), 1943 (directed by Abel Gance) and 1990 (directed by Ettore Scola; I actually watched this one some time ago, and I recall it being more of a meditative fantasy on role-playing than the unassuming romantic swashbuckler the 1961 film under review emerges to be!).

Jean Marais looks more at home here than he did in PONTIUS PILATE (1961), which preceded this viewing: he's typically dashing and athletic and, despite being 48 years old, is said to have done all his own stunts. Since the plot revolves around a traveling theatrical troupe and culminates in a revelation which links one of its members to the villain of the piece, it probably influenced Rafael Sabatini's classic "Scaramouche" (itself filmed numerous times, and whose titular figure even makes a fleeting appearance at one point in the film!). This version, then, suffers from generally uninspired handling (it doesn't help that I'm not at all familiar with the director) – though the plentiful action sequences are admittedly energetic.

Leading lady Genevieve Grad is decent enough (although the supporting role of the gypsy girl Chiquita, played by Joelle La Tour, is a far more interesting character) and Gerard Barray appropriately slimy as Marais' nemesis. The supporting cast, luckily, features a number of reliable character actors – among others, Philippe Noiret, Louis De Funes, Riccardo Garrone (his duel at night with Marais is a definite highlight) and Jean Rochefort; interestingly enough, rather than showing the film's happy ending in full, all four actors are involved in a mocking re-enactment of it!

Finally, however, the film is overlong since we also get too many subplots and contrived situations – for instance, Chiquita (who, with her lover, had intended to rob the troupe) and a couple of hired assassins (Garrone and Rochefort) conveniently reform and decide to help in the hero's cause!


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