Taking Of Power By Louis XIV, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1966) / Region 1
Taking Of Power By Louis XIV, The: The Criterion Collection

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Taking Of Power By Louis XIV, The: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 24 2008
  • Production Year 1966
  • Empire SKU 1434345
  • UPC Code 715515034623
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


- Restored digital transfer
- Taking Power, a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
- Video interview with artistic adviser Jean-Dominique de La Rochefoucauld and script supervisor Michelle Podroznik
- Video interview with second-unit director Renzo Rossellini, Roberto's son
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A new essay by critic Colin MacCabe


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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