Back when Leonardo DiCaprio was the guy every girl I knew had a crush on, he was in Man in the Iron Mask. Now, I assumed because it was Leonardo DiCaprio that this was not a particularly good movie, and it was only created to make girls go watch the movie and see Leonardo DiCaprio be fancy and pretty. Then I married Jeff who likes Dumas books, and has OPINIONS on the proper swashbuckler movie. He likes the Leonardo DiCaprio Man in the Iron Mask movie, and so when Superman said he was going to read Man in the Iron Mask for his summer book and a movie, Jeff gave an enthusiastic yes to this idea.
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What is Man in the Iron Mask all about?
The Three Musketeers are back. It’s about 20 years later, and the king of France is not a good king. But, the musketeers know a secret, the Man in the Iron Mask (a real historical figure) is ACTUALLY the king’s twin brother. The musketeers plan to break him out of jail and substitute him for the king.
Man in the Iron Mask Book Club
Superman read this for summer reading, so we mainly discussed ideas, but there is a very important thing to discuss.
Who is the real man in the iron mask?
Dumas’ inspiration for this book was a small note in the records of the Bastille of a masked prisoner, and the idea intrigued him. Who could it be?
Can someone hidden away for years be taught how to be king in a quick crash course? Would he succeed?
It did amuse me to find more official book clubs had the same questions I did:
- Book Rag Discussion Questions
- Shmoop Questions
- That final one I found was only the answer key, which really made no sense
Man in the Iron Mask book club snacks
As I said, Jeff actually likes The Man in the Iron Mask and there are some amazing costumes in that movie, and some pretty big names (every musketeer is headlined by an A name actor, and Leonardo DiCaprio turned into a decent actor who was more than his looks, seriously every friend at that time had the HUGEST crush on him).
I talked it out with Superman what snacks he wanted for our Man in the Iron Mask movie night, and here is what he came up with:
- King’s Guards and Musketeers- sugar cookie men with blue and red frosting for their respective tabards
- Boats- apple slices
- Rapier- pretzel stick
- Musket- turkey sticks
- Musket balls- whoppers
- Twins- sour patch kids
- Haystacks- haystack cookies
- Beer- fancy root beer
- Wine- I’m pretty sure this was grape juice poured into my nice fancy old-ish looking pitcher
We didn’t have a meal with this particular movie, if we had I probably would have done some sort of simple stew and bread.
More high school learning
- 10th Grade books made into a movie
- Chagall Unit Study
- Wordsmith Craftsman writing curriculum
- San Marino Unit
- MyTek Lab