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La Prise du Pouvoir par Louis XIV Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Jean-Marie Patte
as Louis XIV
Raymond Jourdan
as Jean Baptiste Colbert
Pierre Barrat
as Nicolas Fouquet
Maurice Barrier
as D'Artagnan
Pierre Frag
Jean-Jacques Lecomte
as 1st Chamberlain
Rita Maiden
as Peasant
Jean Obe
as Le Vau
Raymond Pelissier
as Pomponne
Violette Marceau
as Mlle. de Chemerault
Paula Dehelly
as Mme. d'Elboeuf
Fernand Fabre
as Michel Le Tellier
Dominique Vincent
as Mme. du Plessis
Jean Obe
as Le Vau
Raymond Pelissier
as Pomponne
Fernand Fabre
as Michel Le Tellier
Violette Marceau
as Mlle. de Chemerault
Jean-Jacques Lecomte
as 1st Chamberlain
Paula Dehelly
as Mme. d'Elboeuf
Maurice Barrier
as D'Artagnan
Rita Maiden
as Peasant

Crew

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