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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

Roberto Rossellini

 
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Criterion DVD)

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  • Italy
  • 1966
  • 100 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #456

Filmmaking legend Roberto Rossellini brings his passion for realism and unerring eye for the everyday to this portrait of the early years of the reign of France’s “Sun King,” and in the process reinvents the costume drama. The death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, the extravagant meals of the royal court: all are recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV dares to place a larger-than-life figure at the level of mere mortal.

Cast

LouisJean-Marie Patte
ColbertRaymond Jourdan
Cardinal Mazarin Silvagni
Anne d’AutricheKatharina Renn
Madame du PlessisDominique Vincent
FouquetPierre Barrat
Le TellierFernand Fabre
Louise de la VallièreFrançoise Ponty
Marie-ThérèseJoelle Laugeois

Credits

DirectorRoberto Rossellini
Written and adapted byPhilippe Erlanger and Jean Gruault
Photographed byGeorges Leclerc and Jean-Louis Picavet
EditingArmand Ridel
Production designMaurice Valay
CostumesChristiane Coste

Disc Features

  • New, restored digital transfer
  • Taking Power, a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
  • Video interview with artistic advisor Jean Dominique de la Rochefoucauld and script supervisor Michelle Podroznik
  • Video interview with Renzo Rossellini
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Colin MacCabe

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV: Long Live the Cinema!

By Colin MacCabe December 21, 2008

In 1962, Roberto Rossellini called a press conference in a bookshop in Rome and announced that the cinema was dead. “There’s a crisis not just in film but culture as a whole,” he explained. . . . Read more »

Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: THE ROYAL TREATMENT

January 14, 2009

In movie criticism, there’s praise, and then there’s praise. In his New York Times review of Criterion’s double-barreled Roberto Rossellini history film release slate this week—the special . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV: Long Live the Cinema!

By Colin MacCabe December 21, 2008

In 1962, Roberto Rossellini called a press conference in a bookshop in Rome and announced that the cinema was dead. “There’s a crisis not just in film but culture as a whole,” he explained. . . . Read more »