The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Rossellini's moving camera keeps it lively even as he criticizes the kind of spectacle Louis uses to rule, the kind movies make of history.
The complex power study is a picture of clarity.
... 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...
Despite accusations of academic dryness, Louis XIV can be an almost overwhelmingly physical picture.
rossellini revolutionizes history
Directed by Roberto Rossellini, the opulent "The Taking of Power by Louis XIV" starts in 1661 with Cardinal Mazarin(Silvagni), the prime minister of France, on his deathbed. Not knowing any better, the doctors repeatedly bleed him, which probably kills him quicker.(I wonder if anybody burned in hell for this.) To everybody's surprise, King Louis XIV(Jean-Marie Patte) steps into the breach and takes the reins of power. The Queen Mother(Katharina Renn) certainly did not think he had it in him, seeing him only as a playboy monarch, preferring frolicking with his mistresses and hunting to anything serious. But this is shortly after the Frondes and King Charles I losing his head across the English Channel, so drastic measures had to be taken to save the monarchy. But did Louis also sow the seeds for its destruction? It is probably not what he is thinking about when he has the royal banquet by himself at the end of the movie.
What little I know of French history of this time period comes from Richard Lester's musketeer movies.(In "The Taking of Power by Louis XIV," D'Artagnan(Maurice Barrier) has a cameo but I doubt it is supposed to be the same person.) So, I assumed that the French king was always all powerful but history is more complicated than that. And I would have probably known this if my tenth grade history teacher had not shown videos all the time, thinking we were all going to forget what he taught us anyway. But sometimes, this stuff comes in handy.
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