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I credit the director for taking on this topic, but I'm not sure this was his most compelling film.
That kind of regal yet underhanded takeover would be fascinating if Louis XIV or any of the people he dealt with had any charisma at all.
I realy love history, this movie is just fantastic for everyone to understand how things happened in that time...
You may have only heard of rosselini's neo realist or Bergman films but this is just as good
There's a mechanical anti/art quality to the films style that's somewhat... Read more
There is a documentary concerning the film contained within this Criterion Collection edition. In it, a historian of film cites one of the most impressive features of the film as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Clayton
You know how there are movies that come along that are about historical events or people and get the facts wrong, almost defiantly so. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hunter
The absolute masterpiece of all Rossellini's television works. The amazing climax of his prophetical "pedagogical revolution of the television industry".Published 18 months ago by Educational
History films: It's interesting to me that beginning in the 1960's (one of the most fascinating cultural moments in our history) Rossellini turns away from the present and begins... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Doug Anderson
For fleshing out some dry history, this film is good - you can see what they might have worn, how they addressed each other, what their court looked like; however, I wonder if the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mishele
I have to admit that I have tried watching this movie three or four times....each time I have fallen asleep, and had to rewind it to find out what the hell was going on. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Daniel S. Cooter
Who knew a movie about the Sun King Louis XIV could be so boring! Insipid dialogue, stilted acting, costumes that look like they were made by the mothers of Louis' kindergarden... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Written Word
If there is a downfall to this movie than I would say it is the miscast of the role for Louis XIV. Actor picked for this role is so dull that at times feels like one is observing... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Helena