Cartouche (1962)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Alternate title:  Swords of Blood

France/Italy, 1962.  , , , .  Screenplay by , Philippe de Broca, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Silly adventure film by Philippe de Broca that will please fans of the stars, here at the height of their beauty.   is the dashing, roguish swordsman who abandons the army with his friends and becomes a king of thieves, challenging the reigning lord of criminals and taking over his band of merry men. Becoming the French Robin Hood, Belmondo’s Cartouche strikes fear in the heart of every rich person travelling by carriage with a chest of valuables throughout the country, and along the way picks up a gorgeous gypsy girl () who becomes his main companion. Trouble even bigger than criminal mayhem is afoot, however, when Cartouche’s ambitions have him falling in love with an aristocratic woman at the same time. It’s pure fluff, but it is plushly produced, enjoyable fluff and features the manic energy and style that de Broca brought to his comedies, though without the smart sophistication that made That Man From Rio so memorable.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s