The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966)

Cardinal Mazarin dies, leaving a power vacuum in which the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Superintendant who has been systematically looting the treasury and wants to be prime minister. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power and overplays his hand by offering a bribe to Louis' mistress to be his ally. She reports this to the king who arrests Fouquet. Louis and Colbert design a brilliant strategy to keep merchants making money, nobles in debt, the urban poor working and fed, and peasants untaxed. Years later, in a coda, we see Louis exercizing the power of the sun.

  • Roberto Rossellini
  • Jean Gruault
  • Philippe Erlanger
  • Roberto Rossellini
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  • Release Date: 1966-10-08
  • Language: Français
  • Country: FR
  • Runtime: 90

Pierre Frag


Raymond Jourdan

Jean Baptiste Colbert

Katharina Renn

Anne d'Autriche

Fernand Fabre

Michel Le Tellier

Maurice Barrier


André Dumas

Le Père Joly

Pierre Pernet


Jean Obé

Le Vau

Violette Marceau

Mlle de Chemerault

Jacques Préboist


Rita Maiden

Une paysanne

Jacqueline Corot

Madame Henrietta
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