The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966) (5/5)

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Having twice set down new formats for film – initially, with the on-the-boulevards shooting style of Rome, Open City (1945); furthermore, with the pivotal passionate closeness of Voyage to Italy (1954) – Italian director Roberto Rossellini paralyzed the movie network in the mid 1960s by reporting he was pulling back from film altogether for the little screen. He considered TV to be a superior stage from which to answer his new calling: history. The arrangement was to utilize the moving picture "to reconsider everything from the earliest starting point … so as to rerun humanity's way looking for truth".

Rossellini's all encompassing TV venture remembered movies and arrangement for subjects including Socrates, Christ, Blaise Pascal and the Medici family. The most generally acclaimed of these is the film about the Sun King that he made for the French telecaster ORTF. Opening with the passing of Louis XIV's consultant, Cardinal Mazarin, Rossellini's film subtleties the lord's progressive combination of outright government and the command of his elegant court. However, where such a large number of period producers go searching for the present inside the past, attempting to discover purposes of access for contemporary watchers, Rossellini basically presents us with the items, thoughts and material truth of former times and trusts us to be intrigued.

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