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Rise of Louis XIV (The)

Rise of Louis XIV (The)

cast: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan

year: 1966

colour: yes

certificate: U

director: Roberto Rosellini

runtime: 100

In 1661the Cardinal Mazarin dies.The young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Surintendant who's been systematically looting the treasury and wants to be prime minister. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power; he overplays his hand, offering a bribe to Louis's 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.


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