The Swashathon (the Swashbuckler Blogathon): The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

swashathon-2-princess-brideMovies Silently is hosting the Swashathon or the Swashbuckler Blogathon, and I could not pass this opportunity by to review Randall Wallace’s “The Man In the Iron Mask” (1998). As many of you would know, today is also Bastille Day or la Fête nationale in France, which provides for another excuse to delve into a film portraying France. Here, despite many critics’ allegations that “The Man In the Iron Mask” is laughable, flimsy and disrespects the novel by Alexandre Dumas it is based on, the film is actually an enjoyable ride from start to finish. If the audience does not take this film too seriously, and allow themselves to be carried away by the plot, action and the humour, they are in for a treat. The visuals are delightful, the music composed by Nick Glennie-Smith is great, and the film has a cast many directors would “die for”: Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road” (2008)), John Malkovich (“The Portrait of a Lady” (1996)), Jeremy Irons (“The Correspondence” (2016)), Gabriel Byrne (“I, Anna” (2012)) and Gerard Depardieu. 

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30 Most Hauntingly Beautiful Film Soundtracks

Mainly instrumental and in no particular order:

  1. The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – R. Eldelman/T. Jones  – “Promontory”
  2. Schindler’s List (1993) – John Williams – Main Theme
  3. The Village (2004) – James Newton Howard – “The Gravel  Road”
  4. The Piano (1993) – Michael Nyman – “The Heart Asks Pleasure First”
  5. Blood Diamond (2006) – James Newton Howard – “London”
  6. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) – Nick Glennie-Smith – “Surrounded”
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