The death of Louis XIV

The death of Louis XIV

DVD - 2017 | French
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Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.
Publisher: New York, NY : Cinema Guild, [2017]
ISBN: 9780781515542
Branch Call Number: FRE MOVIE DEA
Language Note: In French, with optional subtitles in English
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,5.1 surround,2.0 stereo,Dolby digital,rda
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 12, 2017

A sumptuous costume piece about the final days of Louis XIV, dubbed the “Sun King” by his loyal subjects. No palace intrigues or political slant here, director Albert Serra instead shows us a feeble old man surrounded by wealth and doting servants as he tries to maintain some sense of decorum between bouts of delirium and excruciating pain. There’s an underlying sense of fading glory to the film made all the more poignant by a portrait of Louis in more robust days hanging just above the sick bed while physicians and robed priests hover in the shadows. Gorgeously framed with rich brocades and candlelight that turn every scene into a classical oil painting, this is a small masterpiece that slowly unfolds with all the gravity of a final breath.

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