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Director:
Writers:
Philippe Erlanger (scenario) and
Jean Gruault (adaptation)
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Release Date:
8 October 1966 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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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Informative and intriguing look at the early reign of Louis XIV, "The Sun King" See more (16 total) »

Cast

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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)

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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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
90 min | Italy:102 min (Venice Film Festival)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
The title character (Louis XIV) doesn't appear until 20 minutes into this 94-minute movie.See more »
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Referenced in My Voyage to Italy (2001)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Informative and intriguing look at the early reign of Louis XIV, "The Sun King", 1 March 2009
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

The story starts with the death of Cardinal Mazarin, who has been the de facto ruler of France for some time. Louis, until this point, content to frolic with mistresses and indulge in the arts, decides to take up the reins of state, much to the astonishment of the court. His mother has been waiting for this opportunity to once again become influential in affairs of state and is looking to place her man the Marquis de Tellier as prime minister. Louis clearly loves his mother very much, however decides that she should not attend the council of ministers and takes Colbert, the steward of Mazarin as his right hand. The film portrays Colbert as someone recommended to Louis by Mazarin on his deathbed. I think this is probably misleading, as, from my short readings on the subject Colbert was already well known to Louis.

Louis decides upon a route and branch restructuring of governance in France. He is haunted by an event from his childhood known as The Fronde, a sort of 17th century civil war that had almost claimed his life and had reduced parts of the country to brigandage. He decided on a pretty much totalitarian solution, which the historians refer to as absolutism, to become the "Sun" of France. That is, all affairs in France would be run by Louis, all citizens and nobles would derive their worth from Louis, just as nature derives all things from the sun. He believed that this was the natural order of things as ordained by God.

His mother and her agenda is not needed for this revolution. There's a quite touching scene between Louis and his maman where he is clearly pained at what he's doing to her (almost like sending her off to the old folks home).

He moves the entire court from Paris to Versailles (which undergoes a huge revamp), and institutes a preposterous new dress code. Not only that, but he requires the nobles to leave their estates and permanently reside in Versailles. Louis also wants to calm the people and sets Colbert a reformist agenda that will aim to lower taxes and reduce dependence on foreign manufacturers.

The reign of Louis XIV reminded me of the reign of Amenhotep IV (later called Akhenaten, or the servant of Aten), the pharaoh of Egypt who moved his entire court from Thebes out to a newly constructed city, Amarna, and attempted to totally erase the old religions in favour of the monotheistic worship of Aten, the sun.

I felt the film was very energising from the start, in Louis here was a man who wanted to change France. We're shown that he is just a man like the rest of us, in his bed chamber he leads his courtiers in prayer, which he forgets halfway through, and has to mumble. Towards the end we see him alone in a chamber reading a book, learning like the rest of us.

Some people may not like this movie because the whole is very deadpan, which I feel is very realistic, but if you like a passionate French period drama like La Reine Margot, well this is very different. It seemed a very painterly movie, a lot of effort had been gone to with composition and the camera was very static. The costumes got pretty dreadful towards the end of the movie, Louis insisted on an overload of ribbons and lace, like he's setting out to humiliate his entire court.

So here we had a man, pharaoh, who decided to fashion his world in his manner, with the assurance of a sleepwalker. It is hard to judge him, it's hard for me to see the events as anything other than a page in history's baroque miscellany.

It's absolutely fascinating and has awoken in me an urge to find out more about the subject. Rossellini created a series of these films for television apparently he believed that television should be pedagogic. He was against barbarism. Note the very careful use of words, not learning or philistinism, pedagogy and barbarism. Luckily for him he's not around today to see what has become of TV.

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