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Le Roi danse (2000)  link to Le Roi danse on IMDb  

Number: 585

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IMDb Rating:
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6.8/10 (1659 votes)

Also known as: The King Is Dancing (original title)

Country: French, 115 minutes

Spoken Languages: French

Genre(s): Drama, Music, History

Director(s): Gérard Corbiau

Cast: Benoît Magimel (as Louis XIV), Tchéky Karyo (as Molière), Johan Leysen (as Cambert), Jacques François (as Cambefort), Boris Terral (as Jean-Baptiste Lully)

Medium: Original DVD,

Subtitles: English

Plot Outline: Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its ultimate setting: Versailles. There are two protagonists - first the title character, Louis XIV, the French sun-king who has two passions, establishing absolute rule over the realm -after decades of religious/civil wars- by divine right and artistic brilliancy as a dancer (like Nero wrote and performed musical poetry), and starts asserting himself against the entourage of his Medici mother, the regent during his minority, by building his palace complex and launching a 'fitting' new, mainly musical display of baroque show. Secondly the musical genius Gianbattista Lulli ('Jean-Baptiste') Lully, a Florentine upstart of unbridled ambition, quickly gains the king's absolute trust, despite the nationalist and aristocratic opposition to a low-born Italian, and thus turns the normally socially humble post ...

Loaned: No

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Apr 26, 2017