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The taking of power by Louis XIV

Author: Philippe ErlangerJean GruaultRoberto RosselliniJean-Marie PatteRaymond JourdanAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2008.
Series: Criterion collection, 456.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : French : [Special ed.]View all editions and formats
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Cardinal Mazarin dies in 1661. The young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, who wants to be prime minister and is looting the treasury. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power and overplays his hand. Louis' mistress reports this to the king who arrests Fouquet. Louis and Colbert design a brilliant strategy to keep  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television programs
Foreign language television programs
Drama
Epic films
Feature films
Historical films
History
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
DVDs
Named Person: Louis, King of France; Louis, King of France
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Erlanger; Jean Gruault; Roberto Rossellini; Jean-Marie Patte; Raymond Jourdan; Silvagni.; Katharina Renn; Dominique Vincent; Pierre Barrat; Fernand Fabre; Françoise Ponty; Joelle Laugeois; Office de radiodiffusion-télévision française.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604651089 1604651083
OCLC Number: 367869821
Language Note: French dialogue; English subtitles.
Notes: Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
Special features: New, restored digital transfer; "Taking power:" a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher; "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; a new essay by critic Colin MacCabe.
Credits: Cinematographers, Georges Leclerc, Jean-Louis Picavet ; editor, Armand Ridel ; costume designer, Christiane Coste.
Cast: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn, Dominique Vincent, Pierre Barrat, Fernand Fabre, Françoise Ponty, Joelle Laugeois.
Description: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (11 pages).
Details: DVD, full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital 1.0 mono.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 456.
Other Titles: Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV
Rise of Louis XIV
Responsibility: Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française ; written and adapted by Philippe Erlanger, Jean Gruault ; directed by Roberto Rossellini.

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Cardinal Mazarin dies in 1661. The young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, who wants to be prime minister and is looting the treasury. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power and overplays his hand. Louis' mistress reports this to the king who arrests Fouquet. Louis and Colbert design a brilliant strategy to keep merchants making money, nobles in debt, the urban poor working and fed, and peasants untaxed. Years later, in a coda, Louis exercises the power of the sun.

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