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The Golden Century,
This review is from: Captain Alatriste - The Spanish Musketeer [DVD] (DVD)
This is an excellent piece of work. At one level it is a grand swash-buckler in the manner of The Three Musketeers. At a second level it is a fine film of the military life of a member of the Old Tercios; the Captain taking us through a canal raid in Flanders, siege operations at Breda and the battle of Rocroi (though Belgium looks rather too sunny). At the third level it is a very interesting comment on the period of retreat of the Spanish Monarchy. Alatriste is the sort of man that the Monarchy depends upon, but he is underpaid, has little future and is trapped in a system of honour that pretty much precludes anything else. In the best Dumas manner there is plenty of intrigue with real high-level characters including Charles I of England (before he ascended the throne). The Count-Duke of Olivares is well sketched. Finally, it is beautifully filmed, some scenes are as if from a Velsaquez painting. A point made when our heroes find themselves in "La rendición de Breda"
I found the books on the Captain to be rather thin stuff, but run together in a single film they provide an excellent story line.