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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (The Criterion Collection)

The Criterion Collection

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3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New, restored digital transfer
Taking Power, a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
The Last Utopia, a documentary about Rossellini s late career
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 McCabe

Review

Essential cinema. --Jonathan Rosenbaum

Unrivaled lucidity and honesty...a new moral cinema of history. --Time Out


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Product details

  • Actors: Pierre Barrat, Maurice Barrier, François Bernard, André Dumas, Raymond Jourdan
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001ILTUKG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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