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Official Trailer for Albert Serra's 'The Death of Louis XIV' from Cannes

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March 3, 2017
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The Death of Louis XIV Trailer

"Your majesty appears to be most discomfited." An official US trailer has arrived for a French film titled The Death of Louis XIV, or La mort de Louis XIV, made by filmmaker Albert Serra. The film had its big world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last summer. As historically accurate as they could possibly get, the film tells the story of the French monarch, played by actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. After returning from a hunting expedition in 1715, King Louis XIV felt a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die of gangrene, surrounded by loyal followers. Described as "a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic". The cast includes Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin, Irène Silvagni, and Vicenç Altaió.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Albert Serra's The Death of Louis XIV, direct from Vimeo:

The Death of Louis XIV Poster

Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV (a magisterially bewigged Jean-Pierre Léaud) feels pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the decline of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed. The Death of Louis XIV is directed by Spanish filmmaker Albert Serra, of the films Birdsong, Quixotic/Honor de Cavelleria, The Lord Worked Wonders in Me, and Story of My Death previously. The screenplay is written by Thierry Lounas and Albert Serra. This first premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last year. Cinema Guild will release The Death of Louis XIV in very limited theaters starting March 31st this spring. Curious?

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  • France did the best thing you can do to a Royal family. Get rid of them. Performance looks good though.
    • shiboleth
      A truly British comment, I must say ...
      • Sadly not enough people think that way in Britain, many still have the mindset of a slave.
        • shiboleth
          Unfortunately, that slave mindset (with or without royal members of society) doesn't work only for Britain. But, let's hope, changes are possible ...
  • TheOct8pus
    I thought this was a Phil Spector biopic....
    • DAVIDPD
      Haha!! Yeah..
  • RAW_D
    I kept thinking this was Bram Strokers Dracula in French....
  • shiboleth
    Now, that was a very repulsive man. And boring at that. Which is how his dying here looks like here ...
  • DAVIDPD
    Piece out old man.
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  • Terry Craig
    Absolutely love the aesthetic they've got going on... I think whenever a movie is shot on film these days it immediately sticks out as more visually pleasing than the rest. But the costume design and make up here also look impeccable... as if it they'd time traveled to back then and filmed the real people; kind of like in Barry Lyndon. As to the story, not sure how they'll make it interesting, but I trust the filmmakers have something to say, and I'm curious to see how it plays out. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

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