The Rise of Louis XIV

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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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Jean-Marie Patte
King Louis XIV
Raymond Jourdan
Jean Baptiste Colbert
Silvagni
Cardinal Mazarin
Katharina Renn
Anne d'Autriche
Dominique Vincent
Madame Du Plessis
Pierre Barrat
Nicolas Fouquet
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  • Mar 02, 2014
    rossellini revolutionizes history
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2010
    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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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