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La Prise De Pouvoir Par Louis XIV

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • His extraordinary reign from 1643 to 1715 brought the French monarchy to its zenith and marks the great classical age of French culture. But who was Louis XIV? Roberto Rossellini directs this historical epic about the nobleman's ascent to power in France after the death of his powerful advisor, Cardinal Mazarin. To achieve this political autonomy, Louis faces off with his mother and the court nobles, all of whom assumed that Mazarin's death would give them more power. While there's the temptation to aggrandize his subject, Rossellini's film brings Louis XIV down to human scale while still producing a majestic, lavish, and meticulously detailed historical work.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1787

  • Credits
    Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan
  • Critic Reviews
    "The subtlety of the camera movement within this artificial world gives the film its unexpected emotional charge."
    Film Comment

    "[T]he director's fascination with 17th-century court ritual, captured with detailed old-master beauty, is mesmerizing." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

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