La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV)(The Rise of Louis XIV) (1966)
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Release Date: Aug 18, 1970 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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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
Jan 13, 2009
Jean Baptiste Colbert
Mme. du Plessis
Michel Le Tellier
Mlle. de Chemerault
... 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.
clearly a product of the great neorealist director's hand, particularly in the way it emphasizes the small details of life that are often ignored in movies that are built around narrative or visual spectacle
[Roberto] Rossellini directs less like a drama than a pageant, with a largely non-professional cast arranged like figures in a painting...
You can almost smell the powdered wigs in Rossellini's study of a dandified abyss.
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