I am sorry to say that I have never yet found a film by Jean Dreville to be completely satisfying and this film is no exception. Filmed in Eastmancolor by Alekan and Hubert with splendid art design by Maurice Colasson and the always excellent costume design by Rosine Delamare this cannot fail to look good but still 'misses it' somehow.
Having impressed as Tsarina Catherine for the same director in 'Jouer d'Echecs' it is only natural that Francoise Rosay should play Catherine de Medicis. Suffice to say she dominates the screen. As Marguerite de Valois Jeanne Moreau draws upon her stage experience being the youngest actress ever to have signed a contract with the Comedie Francaise, as well as being eminently filmic. A great artiste whose iconic roles are still to come.
A previous reviewer has referred to the acting by the rest of the cast as adequate for the time. I would go so far as to say that the acting is inadequate for any time!
The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre is as graphic as censorship at the time would allow.
There are many who will I am sure enjoy this adaptation of the novel by Alexande Dumas pere but this reviewer still seeks a film by Dreville about which he can unreservedly enthuse. I live in hopes!
.......28/09/2020: I have finally found one! Namely 'La ferme du pendu' of 1945.