La Prise du Pouvoir par Louis XIV

La Prise du Pouvoir par Louis XIV

Jean-Marie Patte
Director: Roberto Rossellini Cast: Jean-Marie Patte
Jean-Marie Patte
, Raymond Jourdan
Raymond Jourdan
, Katharina Renn
Katharina Renn
Roberto Rossellini


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Given the opportunity to turn out a Sacha Guitry-style spectacle, director Roberto Rossellini charts his own neorealist course for The Rise of Louis XIV. It's as if a documentary cameraman was let loose in the royal court of the 17th Century Sun King, here played by Jean-Marie Patte. The use of unfamiliar actors in the major roles adds to the film's realism. Though shown to be the product of a decadent lifestyle, Louis is depicted as being trapped by his royalty, forced in spite of himself to be a raconteur and trendsetter. The Rise of Louis XIV was one of several innovative films made for French television by the Italian Rossellini.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
UPC: 0715515034623
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 10,140

Special Features

Taking Power, a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini; Video interview with artistic adviser Jean-Dominique de La Rochefoucauld and script supervisor Michelle Podroznik; Video interview with second-unit director Renzo Rossellini, Roberto's son; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A new essay by critic Colin MacCabe

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Marie Patte Louis XIV
Raymond Jourdan Jean Baptiste Colbert
Katharina Renn Queen Mother
Silvagni Cardinal Mazarin
Pierre Barrat Nicolas Fouquet
Maurice Barrier D'Artagnan
Francois Bernard Archbishop
André Dumas Fr. Joly
Pierre Frag Actor
Jean-Jacques Lecomte 1st Chamberlain
Rita Maiden Peasant
Jean Obe Le Vau
Raymond Pelissier Pomponne
Georges Spanelly Seguir
Violette Marceau Mlle. de Chemerault
Paula Dehelly Mme. d'Elboeuf
Fernand Fabre Michel Le Tellier
Dominique Vincent Mme. du Plessis

Technical Credits
Roberto Rossellini Director,Producer
Christiane Coste Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Erlanger Screenwriter
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Georges Leclerc Cinematographer
Armand Ridel Editor
Maurice Valay Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Taking of Power by Louis XIV
1. Cardinal Mazarin [9:08]
2. Final Confession [4:09]
3. Colbert [5:05]
4. Awakening [5:46]
5. "You Will Be a Great King" [4:15]
6. The Queen Mother [8:33]
7. Death Comes For the Cardinal [5:28]
8. Colbert's Report [6:47]
9. The Hunt [5:45]
10. Salon [3:57]
11. Nantes [4:56]
12. Arrest and Strategy [5:15]
13. The Royal Tailor [3:55]
14. A Little Home Renovation [2:26]
15. A Meal at Versailles [11:32]
16. The Sun King [5:12]
17. End Credits [2:06]
1. Color Bars [:00]

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