The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

DVD - 1934
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Edmond Dantes is a common seaman falsely accused of spying during the Napoleonic Wars. Imprisoned without trial in the infamous Chateau d'If, he spends over a decade in solitary confinement. With the aid of a fellow captive, he makes a daring escape. Once outside, he fabricates a stately new identity as the Count of Monte Cristo and vows to bring the villains who framed him to justice. A classic swashbuckler based on the 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas.


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Feb 21, 2016

Released in 1934, the original film adheres to Alexandre Dumas' novel. Actor Robert Donat, pale and slender, is believable as the Count, a man who once was a starving political prisoner in the infamous Chateau d'If prison for more than 16 years. The duel with the Count DeMondego is realistic, showing the proper use of the rapier as a stabbing weapon. Also, the film depicts accurately the lavish spending of the Count as being on the scale of the King of France. I would rate "The Count of Monte Cristo" at 5.0 stars.

voisjoe1 Aug 05, 2013

This version of “The Count of Monte Cristo” stars Robert Donat just prior to his great success in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Thirty-Nine Steps” and his Oscar win a few years later in “Good-bye Mr. Chips.” Look for the great African-American actor, Clarence Muse, who would become known world-wide in the 1979 film "The Black Stallion." This 113 minute English speaking version of the great French novel would be remade in 1998 on French television in a 400 minute French speaking version starring Gerard Depardieu. This 1934 version is a very good introduction to the Alexandre Dumas novel. I plan to seek out the 400 minute version to see what kind of material had to be cut to bring the story to 113 minutes.

May 23, 2012

THe first take of this movie and in my opinion the best. Robert Donat is excellent as the falsely jailed man who has to endure a decade of pain and punishment. His sanity is safed when he contacts a fellow older prisioner who teaches him about life and justice.
The sword fighting scene at the end of the picture is fantastic with the moral of the story shining through. Alexandre Dumas is the genius who wrote the original novel and it can not be equalled for content and readibility.

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