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The Rise of Louis XIV (1966)
"La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV" (original title)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Biography, History  |  8 October 1966 (France)
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Surintendant... See full summary »

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Katharina Renn ...
Dominique Vincent ...
Madame Du Plessis
Pierre Barrat ...
Fernand Fabre ...
Michel Le Tellier
Françoise Ponty ...
Joëlle Laugeois ...
Marie-Thérèse
Maurice Barrier ...
André Dumas ...
Le Père Joly
François Mirante ...
M. de Brienne
Pierre Spadoni ...
Noni
Roger Guillo ...
L'apothicaire
Louis Raymond ...
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Surintendant who's been systematically looting the treasury and wants to be prime minister. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power; he overplays his hand, offering a bribe to Louis's mistress to be his ally. She reports this to the king who arrests Fouquet. Louis and Colbert design a brilliant strategy to keep merchants making money, nobles in debt, the urban poor working and fed, and peasants untaxed. Years later, in a coda, we see Louis exercising the power of the sun. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jean-Marie Patte, an office clerk moonlighting as an amateur actor, had terrible difficulty memorizing his lines, and had to read from cue cards in most of his scenes. Roberto Rossellini believed that Patte's awkward, unrehearsed nervousness mirrored that of Louis as he takes on the responsibilities of kingship. See more »

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Low Budget French History From A Quality Director
28 February 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

This film demands some patience on many levels, but the ultimate reward of immersion into a man's mind, into the methods a young, inexperienced king utilizes to immobilize possible enemies is worth the 94 minutes. There are various complaints among viewers that the sets are a little shabby, the performances wooden, the costumes too much--but keep in mind that director Rossellini was hired by French television, given a low budget and 26 days to produce a lavish historical film--the film he managed to create is a minor miracle of direction over almost insurmountable odds, including a non-professional, wooden lead that had to read his lines from cue cards--but looked not unlike the real Louis XIV; its fascinating to watch the young king quietly take in his challenges, and one by one overcome everything from a conniving noble to unsympathetic, domineering mother. The rather stately pace and enclosed spaces take some getting used to at first, but after about forty minutes, one can easily catch the spirit of the times and the cunning of Le Roi. Its a fascinating document on several levels, both from historical viewpoint and as a quality film made on a very low budget.


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