La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV)(The Rise of Louis XIV)
La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV)(The Rise of Louis XIV) (1970)

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… More

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Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The complex power study is a picture of clarity.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Despite accusations of academic dryness, Louis XIV can be an almost overwhelmingly physical picture.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

... history writ small, a layering of subtle (and sometimes grueling) details that accumulate a mysterious gestalt power. The final product is a masterpiece, one of Rossellinis greatest achievements.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

[Roberto] Rossellini directs less like a drama than a pageant, with a largely non-professional cast arranged like figures in a painting...

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Stella Dallas
rossellini revolutionizes history
Walter M.
Directed by Roberto Rossellini, the opulent "The Taking of Power by Louis XIV" starts in 1661 with Cardinal Mazarin(Silvagni), the prime minister of… More