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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966)

La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (original title)
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 »

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Philippe Erlanger (scenario), Jean Gruault (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marie Patte Jean-Marie Patte ... King Louis XIV
Raymond Jourdan Raymond Jourdan ... Jean Baptiste Colbert
César Silvagni César Silvagni ... Cardinal Mazarin (as Silvagni)
Katharina Renn Katharina Renn ... Anne d'Autriche
Dominique Vincent Dominique Vincent ... Madame Du Plessis
Pierre Barrat Pierre Barrat ... Nicolas Fouquet
Fernand Fabre Fernand Fabre ... Michel Le Tellier
Françoise Ponty Françoise Ponty ... Louise de la Vallière
Joëlle Laugeois Joëlle Laugeois ... Marie-Thérèse
Maurice Barrier ... D'Artagnan
André Dumas André Dumas ... Le Père Joly
François Mirante François Mirante ... M. de Brienne
Pierre Spadoni Pierre Spadoni ... Noni
Roger Guillo Roger Guillo ... L'apothicaire
Louis Raymond Louis Raymond ... Le premier médecin
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Storyline

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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Biography | History

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

8 October 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rise of Louis XIV See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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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Featured in Petit manuel d'histoire de France (1979) See more »

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True historical realism
4 December 2006 | by unclepaulcwrSee all my reviews

A short movie that does an excellent job in conveying the gestalt of one of the most important moments in modern (post-renaissance) French history: the events leading up to the building of Versailles. One understands The Sun King in his context: a man whose hold on his crown -- and his life -- was at first shaky at best. Louis is understood in the context of his greater 'family', in particular the unfortunate Stewarts on the other side of La Manche. Not wanting to be subject to the same fate as his uncle, Charles I (who, for those of you who don't know, was overthrown by his Parliament and nobles, and then beheaded by the fanatically Puritan Oliver Cromwell) Louis conceives of Versailles as essentially a pretty prison for the nobility: by mandating their attendance at court they cannot conspire to overthrow him. Moreover, he establishes absurd rituals of etiquette and ludicrous costumes (the male peruke (wig) was introduced at this time) in order keep them bankrupt attempting to stay on top of court fashions.


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