Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Rise to Power of Louis XIV

Here is a film that I suspect is like a bottomless pit in that it operates in a very superficial way as a televisual historical drama, but the more closely one looks at its allusions, its narrative and visual architecture, its powerful articulations of an historical moment, one could find ever-richer material, renewing itself before one's eyes. The masterpiece as the "inexhaustible" text more than the "perfect" one ... more will follow on this film but I cannot predict how soon.

2 comments:

girish said...

Soon after I missed this in the Rossellini retro and gave up all hope of seeing it, I stumbled upon a VHS tape of it in my college library. I plan on seeing it soon, and look forward to your further thoughts on it, whenever that may be...

Bill W said...

I'm glad MoMA had a pristine print. The stories in the Gallagher book about how Rossellini directed the lead (non-)actor are amazing.