The Taking Of Power By Louis XIV – Criterion [DVD] (1966) *EXTREMELY RARE NEW*

The Taking Of Power By Louis XIV – Criterion [DVD] (1966) *EXTREMELY RARE NEW*


Filmmaking legend Roberto Rossellini brings his passion for realism and unerring eye for the everyday to this portrait of the early years of the reign of France s Sun King, and in the process reinvents the costume drama. The death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, the extravagant meals of the royal court: all are recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV dares to place a larger-than-life figure at the level of mere mortal.

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This docudrama by Roberto Rossellini focuses on French king Louis XIV (Jean-Marie Patte). When the powerful de facto leader, Cardinal Mazarin (Silvagni), dies, youthful Louis seizes control of the country. Before long, the flamboyant ruler clashes with indulgent nobleman Nicolas Fouquet (Pierre Barrat) and lays out his plan to consolidate his power. Working closely with finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert (Raymond Jourdan), Louis XIV establishes a reign that continues for decades.
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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Produced by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Philippe Erlanger
Jean Gruault
Starring Jean-Marie Patte
Raymond Jourdan
Katharina Renn
Pierre Barrat
Cinematography Georges Leclerc
Edited by Armand Ridel
Release date
Running time
100 min.
Country France
Language French

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