Who doesn’t know D’Artagnan and the Musketeers? The novel of Alexandre Dumas gave inspiration to many movie directors and screenwriters.
So it is not a surprise, that the Soviet cinema has its own version of the musketeers – a three-part musical miniseries that was filmed in 1978. Due to some disagreements among the filmmakers, the film stayed on the shelf for a year and was first shown on central television only on December 25, 1979.
Most of the scenes were shot in the city of Lviv (in the west of Ukraine), and the “palace” episodes were filmed at night in the Wedding Palace of Lviv.
In the world of cinema, there are not many movies where everything coincides: the director’s idea, camera work, music, and, of course, the cast. The film “D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers” is one of those rare cases.
The miniseries, the songs that play in it, and the actors were loved by the Soviet viewers. At the time of USSR, you could see this movie on TV every year and rewatch it with pleasure.
Later, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, three sequels were made: Musketeers Twenty Years After (1992), The Secret of Queen Anne or Musketeers Thirty Years After (1993) and The Return of the Musketeers, or The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin (2009).
Today, we offer you to enjoy the original series. We have found a free version in Russian with English subtitles:
Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYdL3kcc6o
Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHXgwKsjYe0