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La mort de Louis XIV

La mort de Louis XIV is a movie starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, and Marc Susini. Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers...

Other Titles
La mort de Lluís XIV, A Morte de Luís XIV, ルイ14世の死, Last days of Louis XIV, Der Tod von Ludwig XIV, Ο θάνατος του Λουδοβίκου ΙΔ', Liudviko XIV mirtis, La Mort de Louis XIV, The Death of Louis XIV, Śmierć Ludwika XIV, La muerte de Luis XIV, Der Tod von Ludwig XIV.
Running Time
1 hours 55 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Drama, Biography, History
Albert Serra
Albert Serra, Thierry Lounas
Marc Susini, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bernard Belin, Patrick d'Assumçao
France, Portugal, Spain
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اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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.

Comments about drama «La mort de Louis XIV» (22)

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Elizabeth P.

I watched this movie last night and found it to be a very well made film. The performances were superb, especially by Julie Delpy and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story, in my opinion, was very good, and the score was quite amazing. It was also very moving and engaging to watch, and the scene when Louis XIV is facing a priest who claims that Louis has forgotten his vows is superb. It is always interesting to see what an actor/director/writer/whatever can do with a script. It is worth watching.

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Shirley Cook

The story is just amazing, but I really don't see what the need to use French, French-speaking actors to tell the story. The only difference was that the characters spoke English and it looked like the actors were English. They just didn't need to speak French at all. This movie is in my top 10 films of all time.

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Henry P.

This film is an emotional roller-coaster ride. It is a cinematic tour de force and I highly recommend it for any one who has not seen it yet. However, it is also a completely unexpected event that makes you re-evaluate your life and you can not expect anything to be quite the same after this experience. The writing, acting, directing and cinematography are all excellent. My only quibble is that the film is too long. However, it is an extremely well done film and I would recommend it highly.

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Karen Carr

Avanti writes this delightful satire based on the life and times of Louis XIV, as told through a series of flashbacks and dramatisations by a gifted cast of actors, a truly unforgettable film that deserves its place in cinematic history. The plot centers around a young French musician who plans to make his way up the French nobility in the nobleman's circle by marrying the woman of his dreams. But the plans change when the wealthy Regent of France orders a royal divorce. He dies, leaving the country to the house of his son who intends to become king. When the young man goes to the great houses of France to seek his fortune, he meets the ladies and men of the courts and the aristocrats, with the result that he becomes their pride and pride is his. The young man has the opportunity to see the country and he lives with them as their king. It is a rare event to see a film that is so humorous and entertaining. Everyone is a puppet, but the chief puppet, the king, is extremely charming. You never know who will die or who will live, so you are always cheering for the character. The cast is splendid. Anne Bancroft is the youngest daughter of the Marquis de Villepin. She is handsome and very charming. Edith Head is the new queen's sister. Henry Banting is a prince who wants to marry the beautiful Elizabeth. His cousin, Prince Frederick of Hesse-Darmstadt, is a charming duke who helps him get the girls. There is a wonderful cameo by Julia Ormond. Martin Kove plays a nobleman who wants to marry the newly arrived Louis. He is a very kind and courteous man who takes care of all his guests. He is always in a hurry, and will not be able to take time to answer a question. Then there is Anne Bancroft's lover, the marquis de Dombescu. He is a tragic figure who looks like he might be suicidal. He is beautiful, but his actions show that he is weak and unsure of himself. This is the source of his downfall. The young man and the new king, both people who dream of becoming the nobility of France, are both amusing. The young man is more charming than the king. The king always looks away and this does not change, and the king never really accepts the young man. It is a wonderful film that is difficult to describe. The story is so well told, it becomes a sort of allegory on the aristocratic society in the French court of the 16th century. It is a story about a prince who is not a prince, and he is brought up to be a prince. When the king dies, the young man is the heir to the throne of France, and the story of his rise and fall is told in the beginning of the film. The narrative is clever and the way the plot unfolds is amazing. It is a marvelous movie that you have to see.

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Just finished watching this movie. I found it to be an excellent movie. The acting was superb, the story line was amazing. There is so much emotion to the movie. It was done very well. It will not make you angry or sad but it will make you think. In my opinion it was a great movie and would recommend it to anyone who likes history or people like that. This movie does have a lot of things to it that are not always told to the audience but it has it all.

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I saw this film as it was shown on British television, and am still reeling from the emotions that I felt at the end of this film. The way the characters express their feelings and the feelings of others through their actions is astonishing. I can understand why some people may not like the ending of the film, but the way that it was presented, and the way it was acted out, is a completely different matter. The ending to this film is a true heart-breaking one. A sense of a person who had everything going for him being swept away by events beyond his control, and had no idea how to deal with it, and is left to wonder what happened to him. The ending is a perfect example of how a film should be presented. In a sense, the end of this film makes me cry. I really don't understand why some people seem to dislike this film. It is a brilliant film. The acting was superb, and the setting in Paris is magical. This is a film that I recommend to everyone, and one that I will not soon forget.

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The film that established King Louis XIV of France as one of the most powerful and powerful leaders of his time. It was made at a time when the French monarchy was in decline, and in fact was likely the first to be ruined. This is a story of a king who was blinded in a terrible accident, and the events that followed are filled with contrasts between the vanity and power of Louis XIV, and the realities of his condition. In spite of this, the film does not descend into a melodramatic, contrived drama, and is focused on the raw emotions of the actor who portrays Louis. As a result, the film ends on a high note. Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of the modern French movie industry. I rate it 9/10.

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Dylan Graham

Fawcett and Marshall's study of Louis XIV is a fabulous example of how an actor, no matter the part, can overcome limitations of the role and be as charismatic as the original. Olivier is perfect as the embittered courtier whose poetic sensibilities and stubborn refusal to accept the sexual advances of his cousin (Christine) are perfectly captured by Jeremy Irons. Irons and Owen Wilson give outstanding performances as the more accomplished pair, and the ensemble is simply superb. The story is based on historical fact, and to be sure, the acting and dialogue are, of course, superb. However, it is the manner of portraying the period that is most striking. In the past, the French courts have been portrayed in the typical Hollywood style. We have the uniformed soldier, the suave aristocrat, the brilliant courtier, and the beautiful woman. In this study, however, the courtiers and soldiers are shown as flamboyant, self-confident, and vulgar. In one scene, the priest (Catherine Deneuve) is introduced as "the ladies' man," and this is by no means an accurate depiction of the role in the court. It is obvious that this character represents a loose cannon, and indeed, she does show that. When the comte de Vermelh, the matron of state, kisses the comtesse de Poitiers, she has no reason to act so "serious." The dialogue is less crass than in previous movies, and the actors themselves are much less coarse. This is a far cry from "Macbeth," in which the dialog is crass, the acting is far from believable, and the actors have absolutely no reason to act as they do. It is not an altogether satisfactory work, but it is still a superb movie. Highly recommended.

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Lori Nguyen

Louis XIV had a very interesting life. He was French, he had a mistress named Marie-Antoinette and he had many affairs with women and he had relationships with his son and his daughter-in-law. He was known to be a very selfish person and his life was very troubled. However, you have to realize that a man can change for the better with love. The men in the story were all very faithful to the king, however, they were all in a lot of pain due to the abuse they received from the king. This film does a great job of portraying the king and his feelings. It is very emotional and I would recommend this film to anyone.

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The 14th Emperor, Louis XIV (a particularly good performance by Kevin Kline) was a fascinating historical figure whose story has been told to death. Fortunately, Anthony Minghella's new film gives us a solid, emotionally charged portrait of the man and his reign. Minghella manages to both capture the emotions and sometimes the actions of the man and then the people around him and the people who supported him, while never overdoing it. Minghella chooses to show a portrait of Louis as a social outcast, rather than a villain, and that is admirable. Minghella has assembled a great cast to work with. Kline and Robert Carlyle are excellent as the two high ranking officials who are both equally conflicted about Louis and the people around him. Minghella also has chosen to get a great deal of time with Louis himself, allowing us to see the infatuation and the need of his father for him, to the point where you're beginning to question whether his own mother had any idea what was going on. All of this is beautifully captured in a couple of vignettes that allow us to get a sense of the chaos that was Louis' life, in addition to the trials and tribulations he went through as a human being. His brutal first marriage to Mary of Guise (Catherine Deneuve), to a young, beautiful wife who was not only a result of the press, but also the love of his father, is a great showcase of the errors that Louis made, and his inability to live up to the expectations of his father. The missteps in his marriage are not a surprise, and we are fully aware of that. The main flaw in his marriage, and in the relationship between the two of them, is Louis' constant need to please, and the constant control that his father and mother exerted over him. This is never something that we're given a great deal of time to connect to. The other flaw is his relationship with his father, the Prince of Orange. While Louis is constantly over-critical and sometimes malicious with his father, we never really get to know him. We get a brief glimpse of his reign, but nothing is really given to us about him. I personally do not like the ending of the film. I do not believe it is accurate. The idea of the events surrounding the death of Louis's father are that he wanted his son to be the heir to the throne, and that Louis was growing too sick to take the throne on his own. It is never made clear that the Prince of Orange was really that sick. It is always made clear that Louis had a problem with the Prince of Orange and wanted to see him dead. This is a great story to tell about the monarch and his love for his father, but it seems like a way to end the film without explaining anything, which would have made for a more effective film.

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Patrick B.

It is not a miracle nor a legend that this film is based on real facts, it is fact. This film is one of the few in which there are no heroes, only the monsters that oppress and abuse the powerless. This movie is one of the best European films of all times, it is a powerful, emotional, and inspirational film. This film is very difficult to watch because of the awful acting and real painful real life events which were mentioned in this film. It is a perfect film, because the actors, the actors, the actors. Everyone in this film is amazing, from the acting to the camera work to the camera work. From director to camera man, everyone is amazing, and this film is amazing because of it. It is a great film, and I would recommend everyone to watch it, because it is one of the best European films of all times.

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I love this movie. As soon as I saw it, I was intrigued. Louis XIV is considered one of the most reclusive monarchs in the history of France. It's also the only monarch to rule France without ever having an official official portrait. This is due to his own rule of the country, his independence. All of these things had a profound impact on the country and made Louis XIV one of the most influential monarchs ever. He was very loving and understood the lives of the people of France very well. I think that's what the movie is about. The story is about a young man named Louis XV who finds out that he's not the right person for the throne of France. He was named after the young king, which is why the people of France call him Louis XV. Louis XVI was only able to rule the country because of his father. All of the old power structure is gone, and Louis XIV is now a free man. Louis XVI is no longer an important part of France, and his rule is over. He was just a man, who had the power to do whatever he wanted, and was only the King of France, not the King of the whole world. Louis XIV will try to rebuild the French nation, but he doesn't know how to do it. He sees things like marriage, love, and marriage as things that have to be respected. He doesn't understand that people have to be free to have relationships and be happy with them. He thinks that everyone is happy if they don't have a problem. He doesn't understand that love is something that has to be acknowledged, and loved. The movie shows how Louis XIV deals with the people, and he has to understand that it's okay to treat people differently. He sees the death of his wife, as a sad thing, but he never thinks that it was her fault. He doesn't know that this is something that has to be respected. He only thinks that marriage is a problem, that people have to respect other people. The movie shows how Louis XIV sees all the things that are important to him, and how he wants to see these things. It also shows how he deals with the people, and he treats them with respect, because he has to see the situation. All of these things are very interesting to me, because they show how the man Louis XIV is, and how he sees things. The movie is about his father, who doesn't want his son to rule France. He doesn't want his son to live as he lived, but as he could have lived. Louis XIV is the first king of France, and his father didn't see it the same way. This is a very interesting movie. I highly recommend it. 9/10

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Lauren Bailey

Ridiculously fascinating film, with a superb cast, a fitting soundtrack, and its own sort of "Les Revenants", there's no doubt in my mind this film has something to say. It's a fascinating look at Louis XIV's reign from 1763 to 1774 and it's a perfect example of the French "masses" as they were at the time. So what are we to make of it? Well, its clear Louis XIV was a smart and pragmatic ruler, he knew that he had to re-make France and when he did, it was not a very harmonious kingdom, so he did it in a way that all the nobility could get on with and the peasants could enjoy the best of life. Now that was the most important thing in a ruling monarch's mind, they had to be able to get all the nobility back to their feudal jobs and the peasants could have everything they wanted. The old "hundreds" and "pauvres" were being abolished, instead, they were being rebuilt into "ceremony", "monas", and "comite", things that should have been looked after by the people, not just the nobility. In the end, Louis XIV had a vision to replace the aristocrats with a multitude of peasants in a way that would not be messy, but still retain the old "hundreds". And the result was a country that looked much more like the country of the Old French and was more of a new French and not much of a "nobility" anymore. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but what was it about? Well, I think it had to do with the loss of a tyrant, a person that the king was very afraid of. "Who is the tyrant?" Louis XIV asks. "Your son." he answers. "Your son!" he cries, and then we see the film go in the other direction, from one that is obviously sympathetic to the king to one that is obviously extremely critical of him. The film also has a very funny (and hilarious) touch with Louis XIV's son, who loves his father. But what is more interesting is the film's portrayal of the former monarchs, as well as the old ones who had been "rebelled". For example, the king of France, King Louis XV, is portrayed as a very romantic man, and one who is shown as having much more concern for the popular support of his people, than his own. He's a very intelligent man who knows a lot about the economy and how to fix things and he is convinced that the poor people will buy any policy that he comes out with. And he is also the one who takes the unpopular measures, he is the one who bans books that might give political opponents an idea. All of this is shown by the character of the King, Louis XV, who is shown as the reason that the aristocracy had to be abolished, a man who had good instincts and was able to understand the people, and of course, he was a person who was extremely afraid of the common people and feared that they would rebel and be like the peasants that he had been seeing at that time. And this film also goes into great detail on the two important figures who influenced the "hundred" laws, the King of France and the King of Spain, the

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The dark and thoughtful movie "Louis XIV" is a multi-faceted movie, a fascinating look into the workings of an empire. The movie also is a bold step forward in the development of the world of royalty as well. Louis XIV is portrayed as the social inborn to a monarch, the "superior" of the noble class, a dictator who is shown as a man who was born to rule. When Louis XIV had to be ruled, he allowed his friends and subordinates to rise to the occasion, something which is unheard of in history. Louis XIV also did not show his rule as something that was normal, but as something extraordinary. The movie also uses a language all the more fitting for a movie about a person who is ruled by an emperor who commands a majority of the nation and a people to respect his will. The movie has a great cast that helps bring out the characters, and a story that shows the development of the man who is known as the "Louis of the Sixteenth Century".

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Susan W.

This film is very interesting in it's own right, and if you are not interested in the history of France, this is definitely not the movie for you. The cast is impressive, and the performances are top notch. The story is not complex, but interesting and moving. It is interesting to see different historical and social periods intertwined, and also interesting to see what the social history of a country can be like. The film does a very good job of showing the reaction to the upheaval, and also the importance of a monarch in a society, or if not in a society, in a certain region. This is an excellent film, and anyone who likes historical films should see this one.

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Mark R.

L'Oiseau de Louis XIV. This film has taken the crown in the audience's minds as one of the best of all time. However, when the trailer was released, I was apprehensive because the film looks so beautiful. The cinematography is mesmerizing and visually stunning. I was very pleased to discover that the film is just as gorgeous and breathtaking as the trailer would have you believe. The music is great and lends a strong sense of atmosphere to the film. The performances are well-balanced and effective, which is important in a historical drama. I felt the acting was better than I was expecting and that it held my attention throughout. The writing was exceptional and I found myself completely engaged in the story. The plot, however, was definitely confusing and not very well-organized. The film is wonderfully directed and edited, and its beauty is heightened by the magnificent cinematography and music. I found myself drawn into the story and thoroughly entertained. This film is very well-made and should be remembered as a modern-day masterpiece. Overall, it is an excellent film. If you have not seen it, I would highly recommend it.

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I saw this film at the Toronto Film Festival. It's based on a true story, and it was at the end of the film that I realized that there were some gaps in the plot, particularly in the plot concerning the "Wilderness of Desire". I have not read the book, but based on what I've read and what I've seen from the film, I think that what's missing is actually pretty important, and that's what I was most interested in hearing the director talk about. Overall, the film was very well done, the cinematography, editing, acting, etc. were all very well done. Some of the characters felt a bit fake at times, and you did not connect with any of them, but overall, I think that this is a movie worth seeing.

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Rebecca D.

I didn't know anything about Louis XIV or his death until watching this film. I thought it would be a boring depiction of the events that made up his life. Instead, I learned a lot about the French monarchy, the people who were against Louis XIV and his reforms, and how his reign affected France. It's not a documentary, it's a history lesson, so don't expect a boring movie. But it is very interesting. The acting is excellent. You don't really care about the characters, but the plot and plot twists make you think. All in all, this is one of my favorite films. I was impressed.

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Jason Miller

Vincent Cassel is a great choice for the lead role. He gives us a great sense of what it is like to live under Louis XIV, while still not being overly in touch with what is happening in France. He is believable as Louis and the portrayal of the courtiers is well done. This film shows how the King is such a character and how it is to be in his circle and how important a person such as Cassel is. We never see him acting in the movies as he never really is, but in this film you see him in the forefront of the story, for some of the most important scenes. I think this film is a great addition to any collection of movie collections and a great introduction to Cassel and French history.

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Melissa Hamilton

I am now at the age when I can see films like this and actually appreciate them. This film tells the story of the reign of Louis XIV from the time when he married the Lady de Montespan (Monica Bellucci) until his death. The film is shown at the same time in all of the versions. I just saw this in the "new" French version, and it was very good. I liked it better than I thought I would. Bellucci, who is not that good in her acting, is good in her portrayal of Montespan, and the other characters are well done. Some of the music in this film reminds me of the music that was used in "La Traviata." However, it does not overshadow the film, and I find the music much more beautiful than the music in that film. I am a very big fan of this film. It is more than I expected, and I think it is worth seeing. It is a must-see film.

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Christopher Simmons

Very well done. But the film is more like a documentary. I think I have already seen this story told before and in many ways. I watched the film just yesterday. The first part of the film is very rich, presenting all the characters and the things they have seen and experienced. The second part, however, is the less than credible portrayal of the royal court and the courtiers. So much of the story is left out. It seems to me that the director wanted to make a film on a new century, but the old story did not fit. So much of the film focuses on the Emperor and how he is perceived by his courtiers. And it seems that the director was not interested in presenting a documentary on the reign of Louis XIV. In my opinion, the film would have been more powerful if the real story of Louis XIV had been told. I would recommend this film to those who like a well-told story. It is a historical film, not a documentary. But if you liked the story of Louis XIV, you will enjoy this film.

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Kathy H.

This is one of those movies that just doesn't belong to the timeline, it's a beautiful story, and it has a beautiful ending. The true events are not a thing that often occur to the world, and the story, true or not, is very true. I enjoyed this movie a lot and I am glad that it was brought to our screen. If you are a movie buff and have not seen this movie, do yourself a favor and go and see it. You won't regret it. 10/10