Rafael Sabatini’s 1921 romantic costume novel about a charming rogue with a lust for intrigue was the source for Scaramouche. The title character is portrayed by Stewart Granger, who moves smoothly from commedia dell’arte actor to sword-fighting revolutionary. The last gasp of the opulent, electrifying swashbuckler genre, the film’s lavish tableaux — including a record-setting seven-minute sword fight — are typical of this once fashionable form.
(George Sidney, 1952, 35mm, 115 minutes)
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