WriterPhilippe Erlanger, Jean Gruault Release date1966 CastJean-Marie Patte (Louis XIV), Raymond Jourdan (Jean Baptiste Colbert), Silvagni (Cardinal Mazarin), Katharina Renn (Anne d'Autriche), Dominique Vincent (Madame Du Plessis), Pierre Barrat (Nicolas Fouquet) ScreenplayRoberto Rossellini, Jean Gruault, Philippe Erlanger CinematographyJean-Louis Picavet, Georges Leclerc Similar moviesRelated Roberto Rossellini movies
The taking of power by louis xiv review
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (French: La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV), also called The Rise of Louis XIV, is a French television film by Italian film director Roberto Rossellini. The film revolves around the French king Louis XIV's rise to power after the death of his powerful advisor, Cardinal Mazarin. To achieve this political autonomy, Louis deals with his mother and the court nobles, all of whom makes the assumption that Mazarin's death will give them more power.
Colin McCabe of the University of Pittsburgh praised the film as "the most serious attempt by a great director to film history." In addition to the political story of the king's grasp of power, the "incidental details, it can be argued, form the real subject matter of all of Rossellini's historical films...." McCabe's examples include the doctors’ examination of Mazarin at the beginning of the film and the "extraordinary banquet" that comes close to the end. "We watch the dishes being prepared in a kitchen teeming with cooks, we follow the umpteenth platter as it is formally escorted through the corridors and staircases, until it reaches an enormous table, where the king sits alone, dining in front of his whole court."
Jean-Marie Patte as Louis XIV
Raymond Jourdan as Jean-Baptiste Colbert
Silvagni as Cardinal Mazarin
Katharina Renn as Anne of Austria
Dominique Vincent as Suzanne, Marquise du Plessis-Bellière
Pierre Barrat as Nicolas Fouquet
Fernand Fabre as Michel Le Tellier, Marquis of Barbezieux
Françoise Ponty as Louise de la Vallière
Joelle Laugeois as Maria Theresa of Spain
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV received a DVD release by The Criterion Collection in January 2009.