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Philippe Erlanger (scenario) and
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8 October 1966 (France) See more »
1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jean-Marie Patte ... King Louis XIV
Raymond Jourdan ... Jean Baptiste Colbert
Silvagni ... Cardinal Mazarin
Katharina Renn ... Anne d'Autriche
Dominique Vincent ... Madame Du Plessis
Pierre Barrat ... Nicolas Fouquet
Fernand Fabre ... Michel Le Tellier
Françoise Ponty ... Louise de la Vallière
Joëlle Laugeois ... Marie-Thérèse
Maurice Barrier ... D'Artagnan
André Dumas ... Le Père Joly
François Mirante ... M. de Brienne
Pierre Spadoni ... Noni
Roger Guillo ... L'apothicaire
Louis Raymond ... Le premier médecin
Maurice Bourbon ... Le deuxième médecin
Michel Ferre ... M. de Gesvres
Guy Pintat ... Le chef-cuisinier
Michelle Marquais ... Mme de Motteville
Jean-Jacques Daubin ... M. de Vardes
Georges Goubert ... M. de Soyecourt
Pierre Pernet ... Monsieur
Gilette Barbier ... Pierrette Dufour
Jean Obé ... Le Vau
Jacques Charby ... L'assistant de Le Vau
Micheline Muc ... Mlle de Pons
Michel Debrane ... Le tailleur
René Rabault ... M. de Grammont
François Bennard ... L'Archevèque
Georges Spanelly ... Seguier
Jean Soustre ... M. de Guiche
Axel Ganz ... L'Ambassadeur
Jean-Jacques Leconte ... Le 1er Chambellan
Violette Marceau ... Mlle de Chemerault
Paula Dehelly ... Mme d'Elboeuf
Jacques Préboist ... Mousquetaire
Robert Cransac ... Mousquetaire
André Daguenet ... Le patron marinier
Marc Fraiseau ... Marinier
Pierre Frag ... Marinier
Jean Coste ... Marinier
Rita Maiden ... Une paysanne
Françoise Deville ... Une femme
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katherina Renn ... Queen Anne of Austria
Marquis de Brissac ... Co-Leader of the Hunt (uncredited)
Vicomte de Chabot ... Co-Leader of the Hunt (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Charnay ... Messenger (uncredited)
Jacqueline Corot ... Madame Henrietta (uncredited)
Hélène Manesse ... The Naiad (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
Writing credits
Philippe Erlanger  scenario and
Jean Gruault  adaptation and dialogue

Roberto Rossellini  uncredited

Cinematography by
Georges Leclerc 
Jean-Louis Picavet 
Film Editing by
Armand Ridel 
Production Design by
Maurice Valay 
Costume Design by
Christiane Coste 
Makeup Department
Nadine Jouve .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pierre Gout .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yves Kovacs .... assistant director
Egérie Mavraki .... assistant director
Renzo Rossellini .... second unit director
Art Department
François Comtet .... assistant decorator
Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld .... artistic advisor
Pierre Gerber .... set dresser
Constantin Hagondokoff .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
Claude Fabre .... sound assistant
Jacques Gayet .... sound
J.P. Quiquempois .... sound mixer
Betty Willemetz .... sound designer
Jean-Claude Brisson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bernard Cinquin .... special effects
Jean Faivre .... special effects
Marc Schmidt .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Banoz .... gaffer
Claude Butteau .... camera operator
Jean Coilbault .... key grip
Bernard Zanni .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Cadot .... assistant costume designer
Hélène Maillet .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Huguette Cheltiel .... assistant editor
Other crew
M. le Vicomte de Chabot .... maîtres d'équipage
M. le Marquis de Brissac .... maîtres d'équipage
Michelle Podroznik .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV" - France (original title)
"The Taking of Power by Louis XIV" - USA (DVD title)
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90 min | Italy:102 min (Venice Film Festival)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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on how to do a classy-but-dark low-budget costume drama by Roberto Rossellini, 18 May 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It doesn't seem to be the same filmmaker; at first, if one were to say that this, The Taking of Power by Louis the XIV, were directed by the same man who lensed the "post-war" trilogy of Open City, Paisan and Germany Year Zero, without looking at the credits in the opening minutes, I would say you were mad. It looks stiff, at first, without the same bursts of passion and rugged documentary style that highlighted those films, or the passions of the films he made with his wife, Ingrid Bergman.

But sticking with the film, the look and what is revealed with every little glance, every head turn, every cut away or motion to move, reveals a filmmaker who is in fact creating a film with immense conflict, taking an eye on a historical figure who was filled with fear, so much so that it drove him to be a cold force of domination in France. Louis (non-professional actor Jean-Marie Patte) doesn't really trust anyone, not even his mother, the Queen, and it's curious that Rossellini doesn't even feature him until nearly fifteen minutes into the 95 minute running time (at first the film looks to be about a Cardinal, played by the very convincing Silvagni, on his death bed). But, again, sticking with it, we see a tale of a King who could take a hold of power not by getting into hysterics or enraged, but by a stare and way of looking and speaking, out of beady eyes and a toneless baritone.

This is in some part an odd credit to Patte, who in move not unlike Robert Bresson was chosen as a first-time actor and apparently never went again in front of the lens. Indeed he looks nervous in front of the camera, and unlike Bresson Rossellini, who according to the DVD notes had only a budget of the equivalent today of 20 grand (that's right folks, 20 grand) and about three weeks to shoot it in, didn't have the time or patience to break down his actor with so many takes. In a way this is a very clever move by Rossellini, but it works to even further an objective that might have been lost or not really met by a "better" actor. I'm almost reminded of a stiffer, less bad-jokey George W. Bush in this Louis XIV, a character who everybody in his council and company pays heed to, even if they don't take him much seriously - at first, anyway.

The film also is shot gorgeously, but not always in a manner to get your attention. While Rossellini navigates the story, of Louis facing down a traitor in his ranks, Fouquet (Pierre Barrat) and takes hold as a King who takes his advice from a very small knit group, he stages scenes without a trace of melodrama. In his own way Rossellini is still practicing his own form of neo-realism, only instead of on the streets its in the royal palaces and banquet halls, the fields where the dogs are let loose on hunting day, the meals prepared with a documentary-style precision. Except for one crane shot (ironically directed by Rossellini's son, Renzo, on a day he wasn't there to shoot), it's shot with the simplicity of a filmmaker who trusts his craft so innately that he doesn't need to second guess himself, whether it's in a very tense scene where all the drama is boiling under the surface (or erupting, as happens once or twice between Louis and his mother Queen) or those shots panning across the royal courtyard towards the end.

It should be noted, that this is for those with a taste for historical-period dramas, and admirers of the filmmaker. If you're made to watch this in a class without much interest beforehand, it might not be easygoing. Yet for the acquired taste it is compelling cinema, shot for TV but made with a taste for storytelling meant to be seen on a screen that can be seen every look of horror on Patte's face or moment where the colors and costumes and sets seem to threaten to overwhelm the "protagonist". It's not Coppola's Marie-Antoinette, that's for sure.

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