‘The Three Musketeers’ Through the Years (Gallery)

The newest version of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, opening on Friday, promises to be different than all the others that have come before. For one thing, it’s in 3D. For another, it’s directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the master of the Resident Evil franchise, who cast his wife, Milla Jovovich, as Milady, reconfigured into a deadly assassin. And it features sky pirates!

If we have learned nothing else from going to the movies, it’s that classic novels in the public domain can be made over and over again with little concern about faithfulness to the source material. The first of many cinematic editions of The Three Musketeers was a silent film made in France in 1903; there has been at least one version made in every decade since, covering all the stylistic bases: dramatic, musical comedy, animated, pornographic, even a Spaghetti Western. What follows are eight samples of the many, many musketeers who have fenced their way across the silver screen through the years. 

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