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
0781515548
Branch Call Number: DEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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bobbles1
Jan 29, 2018

...interesting movie in many ways though not a whole lot happens, it is quiet and very well done and believable, mostly about the French culture and the court life in those days as the courtiers respond to the distress of the king in his dying hours....one gets a sense of power, especially the power of the royal line in determining the lives of those around him royal favour was clearly of ultimate importance to the courtiers....it would seem to be an opportunity for regal arrogance and abuse, but one does have a sense of morality, gentleness and courtesy in the king's manner towards those who depend on him, though they are quite incompetent in dealing with this extraordinary circumstance.... the focus is not on the historical context so much but it is clear that real medical knowledge is nonexistent, counterproductive and even brutal if anything, and superstition lingers though there is some evidence of its rejection, but really nothing of scientific value to replace it, and one has a growing sense of frustration with the incompetence of those treating the king....and incidentally there are discussions about funding French coastal defences and then the succession as the king realizes his death cannot be avoided .... but he accepts with regal calm....I enjoyed this rather dark, moody but intriguing film.....

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ms_mustard
Jan 25, 2018

dimly lit immersive experience of a kingly death - attendants and doctors squabble about the king's needs as he fades away.

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