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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... See full summary »

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Gérard Corbiau

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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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K-Star,France 2 Cinéma,Canal+ See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Te Deums: Symphonie
Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conducted by Reinhard Goebel
Performed by Musica Antiqua Köln
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Pure decadence
11 September 2001 | by saint-31See all my reviews

This movie gives us another glimpse of the feudal life of the french King Louis XIV. "Le Roi Danse" shows us his obsession with dancing and how important music and dance was to him. But the main story is about Jean-Baptiste Lully which is the main composer and the dance instructor for Louis. Lully falls in love with his king but this love is never returned by the emperor. Benoit Magimel makes a very strong performance as King Louis - there are incredible moments when he dances or just stare at Lully. Tcheky Karyo plays Moliére - the poet and a friend of Lully. The relationship between Moliére and Lully reminds me on the situation we had with Mozart and Salieri in "Amadeus"... Strong rivalry between the characters. Karyo is very convincing in his portrayal of the poet. The interieurs, the costumes and even the music are overwhelming. The movie is a pure feast for the eyes and ears. The only minus point - as far as I can see it - is that the director expects a certain knowledge about the french history from the viewer. Some characters and situations aren't explained 'cause Corbiau seems to think everybody knows about Cardinal Mazarin and so on. Sometimes the story-telling jumps and makes a following a little bit complicating. But in general it's a movie well worth seeing!


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