video "The Duelists"

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  1. jjefferies

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    Probably been seen by everyone else but I just caught these on Youtube. And in case anyone else has missed them here are some links (sword duels 1-4):




    Left off the final duel with pistols
     
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    All in all, there were 5 (or 6) duels fought between Armand d'Hubert (Keith Carridine) and Gabriel Feraud (Harvey Keitel). The first was with sabers in the courtyard. The second was in a farm field using small swords. Here is a short webpage about the small sword used in the movie.

    https://cosmicombatblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/the-duellists-dueling-with-intricacy/

    The 3rd duel was done on horseback with sabers. The 4th was also fought with sabers in a wide open cellar.

    The 5th duel was during the French retreat from Russia with pistols. Some people would discount this one because both people only shot at Russian cossacks.

    The last duel was the finale of the movie. It was conducted with pistols in forest area next to an estate.

    The duel fought at the beginning of the movie was also fought with the small sword.

    Other than the sword play, I loved the uniforms the actors wore during the movie.
     
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    You know the backstory, right? It has an actual historical basis in two French officers, Dupont and Fournier, and the movie is about as faithful to what really happened as is possible given that it was only documented in letters and such ( and of course given the constraints of dramatic film-making ).
     
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