ruthenia est omnis divisa in amentes tres
A native speaker of Russian
might appreciate this festering travesty of a French classic
solely as the inspiration of a popular Soviet self-esteem formula: “Все пидорасы, а я — д’Артаньян
” (“Everybody is a fag, and I am d’Artagnan”). Everything else, beginning with the physiognomy, habiliments, elocution, comportment, and gesticulation of its befuddled, stultified, and manifestly intoxicated cast, bespeaks spectacular ineptitude. Every witticism worth witnessing and every sword thrust worth watching in this preposterous pageant of Brezhnevite imbecility has been forestalled a quarter century earlier by the Three Stooges in Musty Musketeers
. Avoid at all costs.