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The taking of power by Louis XIV (La Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV) [videorecording]
a film by Roberto Rossellini.
imprint
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
description
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in +1 booklet.
ISBN
9781604651089
format(s)
DVD
Holdings
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imprint
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
isbn
9781604651089
publisher #
CC1787D
credits note
Cinematographers, Georges Leclerc, Jean-Louis Picavet ; editor, Armand Ridel ; costume designer, Christiane Coste ; produced by Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française.
general note
Full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital 1.0 mono.
Originally produced for television in 1966.
Special features: New, restored digital transfer; "Taking power:" a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher; video interview with artistic advisor Jean Dominique de la Rochefoucauld and script supervisor Michelle Podroznik; video interview with Renzo Rossellini; a new essay by critic Colin MacCabe.
performer
Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn, Dominique Vincent, Pierre Barrat, Fernand Fabre, Françoise Ponty, Joelle Laugeois.
abstract
Cardinal Mazarin dies in 1661. The young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, who wants to be prime minister and is looting the treasury. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power and overplays his hand. Louis' mistress reports this to the king who arrests Fouquet. Louis and Colbert design a brilliant strategy to keep merchants making money, nobles in debt, the urban poor working and fed, and peasants untaxed. Years later, in a coda, Louis exercises the power of the sun.
language note
French dialogue with optional English subtitles.
catalogue key
7672254
technical details
DVD.

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