The Death of Louis XIV (12A)

The Death of Louis XIV

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This film was last shown on 20 July 2017

August 1715. After going for a walk, Louis XIV feels a pain in his leg. The king maintains his duties and obligations, but his sleep is troubled and he has a serious fever. In the grip of a deadly infection and surrounded by hushed and buzzing doctors and advisors, the greatest king of France is bedbound in the palace of Versailles. Torn from the canvasses of 17th century chiaroscuro paintings and beautifully shot inside the king’s bedchamber in the flicker of candlelight - The Death of Louis XIV is all at once a darkly funny, moving, absurd and elegant elegy to the myth of the Sun King and his 72 reign of France, and a feverishly opulent, philosophical requiem of monarchs as both mortals and gods.

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Director
Albert Serra
Country
France, Portugal, Spain
Year
2017
Duration
115 mins
Cast
Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marc Susini, Patrick d'Assumçao

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