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Harpur Cinema – The Death of Louis XIV
November 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$4.00
The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra – France/Spain – 2016 – 115 min.
Albert Serra takes his audience through a historical event, the final days of Louis XIV, in 1715 in Versailles, placing us by the royal deathbed where the extravagantly wigged Sun King lies, surrounded by his devoted servants, favorite pets, and hopeless physicians. “Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece” (Film Comment). Filled with entrancing candlelit images, exquisite cinematography and costumes, and painstaking details, “the film is as darkly funny as it is moving” (Film Society Lincoln Center), and fuses two great myths: Louis XIV as myth of Power, and Jean-Pierre Léaud -icon of the French New Wave immortalized in the final freeze-frame of Truffaut’s The 400 Blows – as myth of Cinema.
Won: Lumière Award – Prix Jean Vigo – Jerusalem Film Festival Award – Prix Louis Delluc – International Cinephile Society Award – Gaudí Award.