La Prise du Pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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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 a raconteur and trendsetter. The Rise of Louis XIV was one of several innovative films made for French television by the Italian Rossellini.

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aristocracy, corruption, eccentric, France, gigolo, history, king, nobility, reputation