Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Producer/director/actor Sacha Guitry's films were always enormously successful in his native France, which explains why Royal Affairs of Versailles was permitted to run nearly three hours. The English-language version was pared down to two hours, clumsily redubbed, and retitled Affairs of Versailles. It was more than enough screen time for this multi-plotted historical drama, set during France's so-called "Golden Age" of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. As Louis XIV, Guitry heads an international cast, including top-billed Claudette Colbert (as Louis' mistress), Orson Welles, Gerard Philipe, Jean Marais, Edith Piaf, Jean-Pierre Aumont and Michele Presle. Arguably, Affairs in Versailles is best enjoyed in its original length, its original language, and its original Technicolor (most public domain prints are in Living Pink).
France, palace, construction, aristocracy, court [law], decadence, history, scandal