La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV)(The Rise of Louis XIV) (1970)
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Release Date: Aug 18, 1970 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Given the opportunity to turn out a Sacha Guitry-style spectacle, director Roberto Rossellini charts his own neorealist course for The Rise of Louis XIV. It's as if a documentary cameraman was let loose in the royal court of the 17th Century Sun King, here played by Jean-Marie Patte. The use of unfamiliar actors in the major roles adds to the film's realism. Though shown to be the product of a decadent lifestyle, Louis is depicted as being trapped by his royalty, forced in spite of himself to be
Aug 18, 1970 Wide
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Jean Baptiste Colber...
Mlle. de Chemerault
Michel Le Tellier
Mme. du Plessis
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... history writ small, a layering of subtle (and sometimes grueling) details that accumulate a mysterious gestalt power. The final product is a masterpiece, one of Rossellinis greatest achievements.
[Roberto] Rossellini directs less like a drama than a pageant, with a largely non-professional cast arranged like figures in a painting...
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