The best contemporary Italian comedy actors reunite in the France of Dumas for a duel of laughter
Peppino De Filippo as an irresistible Cardinal Richelieu
After the success of I quattro monaci, also directed by the reliably excellent Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, the best of Italian comedy reunite to once again play an assorted gang of swindlers in disguise. The cast from the previous outing remains the same, with Carlo Croccolo added to the mix. Peppino De Filippo abandons his place among the band of thieves to play the part of Cardinal Richelieu; a casting choice that may at first seem bizarre, however he puts in a frankly irresistible performance. The tried and tested formula continues to work, this time with their adventures set in the France of Alexandre Dumas. With glorious ease, the five stars cast their very recognisable individual styles over the famous characters, giving life to a delightful game of innuendo and references. In tribute to the previous film, at one point they don religious vestment (even if this time they are nuns’ habits) to play their final joke.
A parody of the celebrated novel by Dumas: four thieves, passing themselves off as the musketeers, get their hands on a necklace that the Queen of France has given to Lord Buckingham. Then, moved to pity, they return it to its original owner. To compensate for their noble act, they manage to swipe Cardinal Richelieu’s ring.