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UNRELEASED AIRING of the documentary The True Story of D’Artagnan

29 March 2021

Don’t miss out on the documentary film, The True Story of D’Artagnan, which airs Saturday April 10th at 8:30 PM on Arte, and is accessible for replay on

Everyone knows D’Artagnan, the bold musketeer and literary icon of Alexandre Dumas’ world-renowned novel, The Three Musketeers. But did you know that D’Artagnan really existed? Here is a story even more fascinating than the fictional tale. It’s a story of a country boy with an extraordinary fate, becoming Louis XIV’s indispensable right-hand-man. Immortalized by cinema, this very real musketeer could have remained in the shadows of Dumas’ popular hero, had it not been for a few passionate historians determined to discover the true face of D’Artagnan and finally recount his place in history.


A film by Augustin Viatte

Written in collaboration with Caroline Vermalle & Jean de Garrigues

Narrated by Benjamin Lavernhe of the Comédie Française

Director of Photography Nicolas Le Gal

Sound Recorder Julien Chaumat

Editor Jean de Garrigues

Original Music by Siegfried Canto

 Produced by GEDEON Programmes Corine Janin & Stéphane Millière

In co-production with ARTE France Unité Découverte et Connaissance  Hélène Ganichaud & Hélène Coldefy

With the participation of Toute L’Histoire TV5Monde, RTBF, And Czech Television

In partnership with the CNC

Supported by Prociren-Angoa


© GEDEON Programmes – 2021