The other Dumas: the writer and his negro

The other Dumas: the writer and his negro


Alexandre Dumas had a negro: Auguste Maquet. Together, they wrote several great classics of French literature including The three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Christo and

Queen Margot.

Dumas will return to the Pantheon and to posterity, while his negro will sink into oblivion, despite a lawsuit recognizing him a part of paternity in these successful historical novels. Was the tumultuous relationship between these two men, torn between reciprocal hatred and admiration against a backdrop of female rivalries, enough to make a two-hour film, which seems quite bland in the face of their masterful work? The other Dumas, by Safy Nebbou, with Gérard Depardieu, theatrical release on February 10r.


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