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THE THREE MUSKETEERS
July 17, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 11:30 p.m. ET

 

This 1973 action comedy is directed by Richard Lester, who both captured and unleashed the Beatles in his 1964 movie A Hard Day’s Night. Here, he has fun with playful action sequences, with recreating a period by focusing on its muddy and messy as well as its glamorous and regal – and by giving his actors lots of room to play, and very playfully, too. That goes not only for such perfectly cast supporting players as Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch, Roy Kinnear, and Charlton Heston, but to the four Musketeers themselves: Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Oliver Reed, and, as the newcomer D’Artagnan, Michael York. A delightful period comedy.

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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