Posts Tagged ‘Camille’

Wie gewonnen, so zerronnen

Montag, Juni 18th, 2012

Nichts im Leben ist konstant. Nichts bleibt. Alles ändert sich, manchmal zum Guten, manchmal zum Schlechten. Die meisten Veränderungen sind sowohl Gewinn als auch Verlust. Diese und andere Gedanken schwirren mir dieser Tage im Kopf herum, während mein Abschied von Melbourne näherrückt. Abschied von Melbourne, fragt Ihr? Aber ja, das habe ich doch immer wieder betont. Ich wollte doch nur den Sommer hier verbringen. Gut, jetzt sind es am Ende mehr als 9 Monate geworden. (Ja, wirklich so lange, wenn man mal von kleineren oder größeren Ausflügen absieht.) Und danach noch die Hälfte des Kontinents sehen, die ich bisher noch nicht erkundet habe. Den wilden Westen, wo sich deutlich weniger Reisende hin verirren und wo die Natur noch unberührt ist vom Massentourismus. Dafür leidet sie unter den Bodenschätzen, die dort in Masse gefördert werden. Aber das Land ist so weit und so dünn besiedelt, dass man trotzdem noch an scheinbar unbekannte Orte kommen kann.

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The Three Musketeers (1921) – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, September 29th, 2009


“The Three Musketeers” is one of those stories that has been filmed more times than anyone could possibly watch. In all films, young French nobleman D’Artagnan wants to be one of the King’s musketeers, in none of them do those musketeers actually have muskets, and always there are, naturally, the three musketeers he befriends and who help him save the Queen’s honour. In this Douglas Fairbanks silent film version, all this is told with a deft comic touch, creating an enjoyable film more due the physical comedy than the clichéd and badly told story.

Random Observations:

The Three Musketeers at the IMDb

I remember seeing the 1993 version starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland in cinemas at the time, but it seems unlikely that my parents would actually have let me, considering that I was six years too young at the time. Memory is funny that way. And not funny ha-ha.

Did you know that author Alexandre Dumas’ son, who also shared his name, wrote the novel “Camille”, which also has been adapted for film more times than I care to count, but most memorably in the film starring Greta Garbo, which I actually reviewed six months ago? And did you know that I have a weakness for run-on sentences?

Minute Movie Review – Camille

Samstag, März 21st, 2009


Marguerite Gautier, played by Greta Garbo, is a Parisian courtesan caught between a rich baron and a young mang who truly loves her. Camille tells the story of her life after meeting the two men, of how she longs for the almost penniless by comparison man, yet knows she can never be with him. Based on a novel by French author Alexandre Dumas, fils, the son of Alexandre Dumas, mostly known for penning “The Three Musketeers”, Camille is a riveting love story told mostly through gestures and mimic by the great Garbo.

Random Observations:

Camille at

The Verdi opera “La Traviata” is based on the play “Camille”, which in turn is based on the novel “The Lady of the Camellias”, both written by Dumas. Apparently, remakes are nothing new…

Really nice supporting turn by Rex O’Malley, whose character Gaston undergoes a dramatic change towards the end, which he plays effortlessly.

I really need to stop watching so many movies from one studio (Warner Bros.) and the same time period (1930s/1940s). I saw Henry Daniell, who played the baron here, earlier in The Sea Hawk, playing a traitor to the British throne.