A Summary of The Man In The Iron Mask Movie
Directed by Randall Wallace, The Man In The Mask Movie captures the story of a mysterious masked man who was imprisoned for thirty-four years during the reign of Louis XIV in the nineteenth century France. The existing literature about the prisoner suggests different identities, which include the Duke of Beaufort and the Kings Secret brother. In the film, Wallace characterizes the prisoner as Philippe, an identity suggested by Alexandre Duma in the Three Musketeers book. From the existing evidence, the mystery of the story does not only lie in the identity of the masked man, but his mask as well. Voltaire, enlightenment French writer, claims that the mask was made from iron, but some writers indicate that it was made from black velvet. Using segments of the story as captured in several literature, Wallace constructs the story of the prisoner, but largely avoids the politics of the Louis the XIV. As represented in the movie, the French state is appears to be a dictatorship of the musketeers led by King Louis the XIV under the watch of the fictional D’ Artagnan. The ageing Musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis are mostly captured loitering around the edges and grumbling treasonously on replacing the King. One of the musketeers, Aramis, springs Philippe from prison and carries him off to the country, where together with the other two, give the boy a three week royal training in plot to replace the reigning Louis XIV.