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Le roi danse (2000)

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 »

Director:

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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Country:

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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Production Co:

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Armide: Préluce (acte II, scène 5)
Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conducted by Reinhard Goebel
Performed by Musica Antiqua Köln
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Sumptuous historical melodrama: The King and Me
11 February 2002 | by kmk-3See all my reviews

What a relief to see a film about the 17th century that does not feature Gerard Depardieu! Wonderful fashion detailing and locations support a serious history lesson on how music and theater were key to the success of Louis XIV. One of the best exemplars of how young men measure themselves by their physical abilities, the film provides a unique timeline for the long reign of Louis. He grows from an unsure child into a confident (well, yes, arrogant) man -- and partly this is accomplished through his passionate involvement in music and dance. Think of the foolish Emperor in "Amadeus," telling Mozart there are "too many notes," and then see this depiction of a king who actually understands and appreciates music. Yes, of course, peasants were mistreated and millions starved, but we don't see that part of 17th century France. That is another story, another film. This one is stunningly beautiful; like great art, some of these images may never fade from your mind's eye.


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