La Prise De Pouvoir Par Louis XIV (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Jean-Marie Patte Director: Roberto Rossellini
La Prise De Pouvoir Par Louis XIV (Criterion
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Item:  CRRN 1787D

DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1966
  • Label: Criterion
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 - French
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews: Jean Dominique De La Rochefoucauld, Artistic Advisor; Michelle Podroznik, Script Supervisor; Renzo Rossellini, Director
    • Documentary: The Last Utopia
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Essay:
      1. Taking Power - Tag Gallagher, Author
      2. Colin MacCabe, Critic

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Entertainment Reviews:

Film Comment - 01/01/2009
"The subtlety of the camera movement within this artificial world gives the film its unexpected emotional charge."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/16/2009
"[T]he director's fascination with 17th-century court ritual, captured with detailed old-master beauty, is mesmerizing." -- Grade: B+

Product Description:

Filmmaking legend Roberto Rossellini brings his passion for realism and unerring eye for the everyday to this portrait of the early years of the reign of France's "Sun King," and in the process reinvents the costume drama. The death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, the extravagant meals of the royal court: all are recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV dares to place a larger-than-life figure at the level of mere mortal.

Source: Criterion

Description by Criterion:

Filmmaking legend Roberto Rossellini brings his passion for realism and unerring eye for the everyday to this portrait of the early years of the reign of France's "Sun King," and in the process reinvents the costume drama. The death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, the extravagant meals of the royal court: all are recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV dares to place a larger-than-life figure at the level of mere mortal.

Plot Keywords:

France | Made-For-Network TV | Political | Royalty

Production Notes:

  • Color by Eastmancolor.
  • Produced by L'Office de la Radio-Television-Francaise.

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  • UPC: 715515034623
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