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The King Is Dancing (2000)

Le roi danse (original title)
Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its... See full summary »

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Gérard Corbiau

Writers:

Ève de Castro (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Andrée Corbiau (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Louis XIV
Boris Terral Boris Terral ... Jean-Baptiste Lully
Tchéky Karyo ... Molière
Colette Emmanuelle Colette Emmanuelle ... Anne d'Autriche
Cécile Bois Cécile Bois ... Madeleine
Claire Keim Claire Keim ... Julie
Johan Leysen ... Cambert
Idwig Stephane Idwig Stephane ... Prince de Conti
Emil Tarding Emil Tarding ... Louis XIV (14 Years Old)
Jacques François ... Cambefort
Caroline Veyt Caroline Veyt ... Armande Béjart
Ingrid Rouif Ingrid Rouif ... Mme de Montespan
Philippe Quercy Philippe Quercy ... Mazuel
Pierre Gérald Pierre Gérald ... Boesset
Claude Koener Claude Koener ... Narrator of Ballet de la Nuit
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Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its ultimate setting: Versailles. There are two protagonists - first the title character, Louis XIV, the French sun-king who has two passions, establishing absolute rule over the realm -after decades of religious/civil wars- by divine right and artistic brilliancy as a dancer (like Nero wrote and performed musical poetry), and starts asserting himself against the entourage of his Medici mother, the regent during his minority, by building his palace complex and launching a 'fitting' new, mainly musical display of baroque show. Secondly the musical genius Gianbattista Lulli ('Jean-Baptiste') Lully, a Florentine upstart of unbridled ambition, quickly gains the king's absolute trust, despite the nationalist and aristocratic opposition to a low-born Italian, and thus turns the normally socially humble post ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | History | Music

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France | Germany | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 December 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A király táncol See more »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The small violin Lully plays when conducting the orchestra is called a 'pochette', so called because it could be carried in a coat pocket. See more »


Soundtracks

Persée: Entrée des divinités infernales (acte III, scène 10)
Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conducted by Reinhard Goebel
Performed by Musica Antiqua Köln
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should have been better
3 January 2006 | by ludovic_bolSee all my reviews

The movie misses a better plot, it deserves a better plot when shooting at the Versailles and dealing with Louis XIV. Not that it is bad, just don't expect too much. The costumes, the location, the music, the historical facts, it all seems to be present, but the director just didn't make good use of it. It is an entertaining movie for those who like costume-dramas though, be not mistaken. I had expected it to be better. The characters are well drawn, the actors are good enough, especially the Queen and the Dance Master. The director did not fear the use of some explicit body-language, something that I applaud, it fits well in this landscape of courtly love.


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