Death of Louis XIV
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The Death of Louis XIV
The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors.
“Leaud’s finest onscreen creation since The 400 Blows.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“An instant classic.” – Filmmaker Magazine
"Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece as reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira." – Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
Fish, they say, stink from the head down. In the case of Louis XIV (Jean-Pierre Léaud), it was the opposite. A pain in his leg turned into gangrene which, misdiagnosed and untreated by his physicians, spread upward from his foot to kill him within a matter of days in 1715. The docu-drama “The Death ...