(aka 'The Taking of Power by Louis XIV')
Directed by Roberto RosselliniFrance 1966
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.
French DVD Cover
Theatrical Release: August 8th, 1970
DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 7.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||French (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
Power, a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of
Image quality appears akin to Rossellini’s History Films Trilogy —Renaissance and Enlightenment from Eclipse. Clean with no picture-boxing - original 1.33:1 (televised broadcast). This Criterion may have some black-boosting but colors and contrast don't seem overly affected. Certain indoor scenes can tend to saturation but it seems quite suitable for the narrative intent. There are minor SD artifacts but nothing that impinges on the enjoyment of the film.
Criterion offers original French mono and has optional English subtitles.
Extras don't include a commentary but there is Taking Power, a multimedia essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini, a video interview with artistic advisor Jean Dominique de la Rochefoucauld and script supervisor Michelle Podroznik and another video interview with Renzo Rossellini. The liner notes contain an essay by critic Colin MacCabe.
Another fascinating film release by Criterion. Rossellini fans will not want to miss out.